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Posted by anne nish/davidson
Last Reply October 7, 2006 at 09:15
Started August 17, 2006 at 09:54
My father was admitted to glasgow royal infirmary on hogmany 2003/2004 for a bowel cancer operation . He was let out within one week where his wound re-opened he was admitted and left in accident /emergency for hours then put up to a ward where he was not seen by any doctor for 2 1/2 days he contracted mrsa which i blame to poor cleaning and being left with an open wound after major surgery. I had a meeting with the surgeon and staff involved and they admitted he should not have been out so soon. Although it was a public holiday they were understaffed but had he not been on holiday my father would most certainly would not have been let out. After the opertion we were told the cancer went into his liver and maybe at most with chemo we could have at least 6 months. Those months could have been precious to us but MRSA killed what happiness we could have had. It wont bring him back but something must been done anyone who knows of any protest towards the goverment please let me k... read more

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Post Mortem Report
Posted by Barbara
Last Reply October 5, 2006 at 20:41
Started October 4, 2006 at 13:24
I mailed back in February this year, regarding my mum, who had caught MRSA. This was after having her bladder removed for Blader Cancer. The operation went well and had been a success regarding getting rid of the cancer.
She was taken to a side room, etc After about 3 weeks watching her get worse and weaker & thin # we were then told she had C Diff aswell eventually she became stronger (not with the help of the nusing staff) who until I complained verbally & by letter) They used to put her meal on the table & leave & of couse she was unable to reach it , so went unfed.
I started going in at meal times and feed her , she did get stronger.
Nearly 5 months later they discharged he to a rehbiltation hospital, On getting in the ambulance the driver put a mask on my mum - even though we were told she no longer had MRSA or CDiff ! The next hospitaL SHE WAS PUT INTO A SIDE ROOM & WHICH POINT WE WERE TOLD SHE HAD cDIFF STILL
Oh it goes on & on all the awful things that happened.
BUT sh... read more

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Help/Advice please
Posted by Geneva
Last Reply October 5, 2006 at 13:51
Started October 5, 2006 at 13:13
I am getting a second abcess now, and still the docs havent put me on antibiotics. He said he wants to wait for culture results. Fair enough, but the first culture didn't grow anything, so they are doing another tomorrow. Waiting another 5 days for a culture could mean serious trouble for me. I asked for some Vancomycin, an antibiotic that is known to fight MRSA, but he still says he wants to wait for the culture. I don't want to have emergency surgery again.

The first abcess isn't healing, and in fact the tissue is breaking down, which mean that the infection is causing the hole to grow and not heal. Everyday a bit more flesh is gone.

Can someone please tell me what I need to do in this country to get some fucking antibiotics? Are they going to wait til it overtakes the rest of my abdomen?

I am tired, weak, and fed up. Maybe I should consider seeing another GP in another surgery?

Please can anyone give me some advice?

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mrsa in lower left lung
Posted by Ian
Last Reply October 5, 2006 at 12:50
Started July 25, 2006 at 01:04
I have been told the lower part of my left lung is damaged [likely to have been so since childhood]' A sputum sample I gave showed mrsa. Any comments would be help as I battle through unknown fears.

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Food for thought.
Posted by Ali
Last Reply October 5, 2006 at 04:07
Started February 9, 2005 at 04:55
I would like to share with you some information that I have been given from a nurse about MRSA.

My Grandmother is in hospital right now, very simmilar to a lot of the cases on this Forum. She had her hip replaced and was sent home, nobody told us she had MRSA untill she fell over again and was re-admitted. It was then that we found out what the sores were on her leg and why her legs were so swollen. My Mum had been asking the doctors in the hospital and the district nurse, Who visited my Nans house, for weeks to look at my Nans legs.My Mum kept asking why the sores would not go away on her leg. My Mum was ignored,she left notes for the distrct nurse, there were no replys, she wasn't even told what the dressing was for, or even what to do with it when my Nan was first sent home. It is only resently that a nurse told my Mum, in the hospital, where she could wash her hands while visiting my Nan and what to wash her hands with.I myself told my Mum to wash her hands before any nurse ... read more

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my mum
Posted by terry
Last Reply October 4, 2006 at 21:41
Started July 12, 2005 at 11:37
hi my mum has mrsa and is very sick, has a bad cough,blood transfusions 5, clot in shoulder now,kidneys are failing due to intravenous they are taking her off them.i dont know what i can do for my mum im so upset.thanks for listening. terry
ps. i dont know a great deal about mrsa even though im trying to find things on the net.

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Hygiene code established
Posted by HCC Newsletter
Last Reply October 4, 2006 at 18:28
Started October 4, 2006 at 18:27
NHS trusts must ensure that they comply with the Government's hygiene code, which comes into effect this month and will form part of the annual health check from April 2007. The code explains how organisations can work to ensure that patients are cared for in a clean and safe environment. It brings together good practice recognised and required by many other initiatives. The code outlines trusts' duties to establish appropriate systems, assess and manage risks, implement clinical care protocols, ensure healthcare workers' access to occupational health services, and provide induction and training. We have duties to assess compliance with the hygiene code, along with powers to issue improvement notices and to recommend sanctions. The draft code is available on the Department of Health's website.


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information needed
Posted by jill
Last Reply October 3, 2006 at 21:47
Started October 3, 2006 at 21:47
Reply #59 by Jill Posted: October 3, 2006 at 19:46
Im sitting at home worried sick about my 21yrs old nephew,he as been recovering from multiple injuries caused by a fall,after being in hospital for 15 wks on release he got a infection in a wound, which after readmitting him seemed to get it under control. mrsa was mention but because of his young age they were not that worried. having been released again, after the second night at home he was rushed back into hospital with a temperature of 39 .3 and vomiting. He as been in hospital 2wks now and he is not improving,when he finishes a course of antibiotics the vomiting and high temp return with a vengence,his resistance is low due to all the treatment he as had over the last 15wks, plus he as lost about 6stone in weight,the consultant keeps upping the antibiotics, they are waiting to do a test called a nuclear test which is something to do with the white and red blood cells {can anyone enlighten me on this test?} thi... read more

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MRSA documentary
Posted by Journalist
Last Reply October 3, 2006 at 17:24
Started February 21, 2005 at 14:39
Looking for people to take part in a radio documentary on MRSA. email
Particularly interested in those
* taking legal steps against hospital acquired MRSA or
* have fought a case and won or
* employees of the NHS [in total confidentiality according to the Data Protection Act] or
* anybody wanting to share their story

Many thanks. email

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im in desperate need of help!!..
Posted by Randi♥
Last Reply October 2, 2006 at 23:27
Started October 2, 2006 at 23:27
well really i dont have a reply..i just really want to know what i can do to get rid of this..i ant even hold mah lil nephew because mah boyfriends sister want let me cuz ill hurt the baby...its so hard not to...wen he puts his hands out to me what am i supppose to do leave anad here him only 15 years old..i need somthing to get rid of this!!...i had a rele bad case of it one time..underneath my arm and it got rele big lyke the size of a golf ball swelled out and it rele hasnt been back that badd ever since i took antibiotics..but now ther making me put shit up my nose and i dont know it rele hasnt been back...and i got it when i was hanging out with my friend..i guess i never had nething lyke this until i stopped hanging out with her and started dating my fiance'...i need a cure to get rid of it iim afraid that it will come back..PLZ HELP ME....sincereley Randix00x

p.s can someone plz comment back and tell me theres hope..i dont wana die at 15...

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Posted by David
Last Reply October 2, 2006 at 23:23
Started December 3, 2005 at 19:06
I visited your site last week and saw a posting about a paper that is being published by the Journal of antimicrobial Chemotherapy which confirmed a new prodiucst that treats all bacteria -- MRSA. This posting has been removed. Surely it is in the interest of all the people who visit this site to have access to this information.

Do the controllers of the site have a conflict of interest?
Is there another reason why this report was removed.


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Posted by Geneva
Last Reply October 2, 2006 at 16:31
Started September 26, 2006 at 20:14
I have just come out of hospital and found out, only because I demanded swabs to be taken, that I have MRSA.

I have been on Flucloxacillin and Benzopenicillin, both penicillin based, and the prescription was not changed after I found out about the MRSA.

My infection led to a huge abcess, and I documented some of it on my site at - I had surgery for removal of the abcess.

I have not been re-swabbed or tested, and have been sent home with the same oral anitbiotics. I have a hug hole in my right side, and returning to work anytime soon looks like it won't happen. Luckily, I am on a salary.

I have now started getting a spot on my left buttock, and am terrified. Should I go back to my doctor and ask for a different antibiotic? I have requested a copy of my hospital notes (at the cost of £50).

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Posted by Bev
Last Reply October 2, 2006 at 07:24
Started October 1, 2006 at 11:58
My mum is currently in hospital and has been diagnosed with mrsa. I go in to see her and wear the requested gloves and apron. I have been given no further information by the hospital and only know what I have found on the internet. I work in a nursery with 2 and 3 yr old children. Am I safe to go to work??

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Posted by tony
Last Reply September 29, 2006 at 04:14
Started September 29, 2006 at 04:14
I have msra. I think I got it from the gym. My doctor put me on bactrim. Iam scared after reading and doing research with proper treatment will it go away. or is this life threating.

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Posted by Helen Cleland
Last Reply September 28, 2006 at 23:24
Started September 28, 2006 at 15:34
I am expecting a baby in December. My grandfather is 96 and has MRSA in his wound from a supra pubic catheter. Is it ever safe to bring my baby to see him? I am aware he will not be around for very long

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Can anyone help?
Posted by jgbsum
Last Reply September 28, 2006 at 13:28
Started September 28, 2006 at 13:28
I am 32 and mother of 3, I had to have an emergency C section with my 3rd child and was quite poorly afterwards, after some tests I was told I had MRSA and was treated in the hospital - however I had recurring problems with the wound from the labour and had to have the district nurse visit the house to clean and dress the wound for several months. My baby is now 2 and thankfully the wound seems to have healed well, however I recently suffered with a severe UTI which caused severe pain in my groin and back, I had to have an X-Ray and have now been told I have kidney stones which will have to be futher investigated, I intend to go with some background information and wonder if anybody here knows if there is any link between MRSA and kidney stones?

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MRSA shown the door
Posted by leeminky
Last Reply September 28, 2006 at 12:40
Started September 25, 2006 at 11:13
Hi, my gran is in hospital and has contracted MRSA. All of the sudden (2 days after the MRSA was found) there is talk about sending my gran home and all of the sudden they are not sure about the MRSA anymore even though all the precautions are still being taken. We feel as though the hospital is trying to get her out of the hospital asap to either home or a carehome, so that that way the problem is not theirs anymore. We are not saying this is definitely the case, but everyone feels like it is. Gran by far is not strong/well enough to leave the hospital and up untill the MRSA there was no talk of her leaving. Has anyone had the same experience and is it possible to have an independent person come in to test and make sure there isor is no MRSA?

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I had three SWAB's taken yesterday for MRSA
Posted by Geraldine
Last Reply September 25, 2006 at 18:37
Started September 19, 2006 at 16:56
Hi everyone,

It's Geraldine here < yes I am a worry wart> but I do find all of your advice most helpful :)

I just wanted to let you all know that yesterday I had three swabs taken for MRSA.

One taken from nose, another from my throat and a further one from my groin area.

Does anyone know if this is the normal procedure prior to surgery & admittance to hospital? if so, how long will it take for results to come back.

Thanks ,


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Basildon hospital, Essex
Posted by Janet Ward
Last Reply September 22, 2006 at 21:10
Started January 22, 2006 at 22:21
My experience of the disclosure of my fathers' MRSA infection was appaulling and i just wonder if anyone else has had the same experience. My father is in hospital with a chest infection with an underline problem of COPD. He had spent a week in intensive care where he had to have a tracheaotomy then he was moved and it was disclosed to me as I finished a visit "oh you do know he has MRSA - don't you?" When I called the ward later that day to confirm that this was the actual case - the nurse tried to tell me he could have got it on the tube!!! There was obviously no admission that he could've have picked this up in the hospital. I'm am going to be talking to PALS about this comment and my fathers care but just wondered if anyone else is concerned about hygiene at Basildon Hospital.
Meanwhile my father remains very poorly from this infection which appears to be on his chest already, he is in a side ward but I am concerend about the recovery rate for my father & also that other patien... read more

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MRSA and Clean Hospitals
Posted by cas
Last Reply September 22, 2006 at 14:32
Started September 22, 2006 at 08:19
This was in the British Medical Journal this morning. Something to chew over

Study finds no link between hospital cleanliness and MRSA
Abergavenny Roger Dobson

New research has failed to find a link between hospital cleanliness ratings and rates of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Although the Department of Health has emphasised the importance of hospital cleanliness in reducing MRSA, researchers were unable to establish a consistent link in the data they analysed (Journal of Hospital Infection 2006;64:184-6).

“The authors believe, and the data support this belief, that there is no direct link between hospital environmental cleanliness measured by Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) scores and the risk of MRSA bacteraemia,” say the authors from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and the University of Leeds.

“Programmes that target standards of hospital cleanliness alone are unlikely to succeed in l... read more

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