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Abandon hope of redress
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply August 22, 2006 at 12:50
Started August 22, 2006 at 12:50
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/healthmain.html?in_article_id=401657&in_page_id=1774

The NHS scandal that cost a young boy's life

"Three members of hospital staff were arrested over the incident and a file was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, but in July 2002 detectives said the boy's death was not the result of a criminal act. Instead they blamed sloppy working practises by NHS staff."

Can anyone explain how the death of a child with a cut finger, caused by sloppy working practises by the staff, is not criminal? Those who implement and tolerate sloppy working practises should be held to account. We have to examine why sloppy work practise abounds - government targets to reach, maybe?



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contracting MRSAin ICU
Posted by Saeed
Last Reply August 21, 2006 at 14:56
Started July 29, 2005
Hello, just been told my dad has MRSA,hw was admitted into hospital,suffering from a stroke and also renal failure he is 86. We were told at first he also had a chest infection,they put him on a ventilator with a tube in the throat.he has now been in hospital for over three weeks,and only now have doctors said he has mrsa and isolated him in th ICU.REALLY GETTING WORRIED .Any information would be appreciated

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patient found to be riddled mrsa
Posted by A. Mall
Last Reply August 20, 2006 at 18:21
Started August 20, 2006 at 13:02
After meeting a couple at an outdoor market in Bathgate west lothian i got talking to them about mrsa,turns out the ladies father was riddled with mrsa,i forgot to ask her name,this was a man in hospital who was an amputee,she told me his room was filthy and she had to clean the room herself,[have we heard this before Bev]he was sent to another hospital in a taxi on his own,no nurses or doctors went with him [how sad]in his condition,sadly the man died about 9 weeks ago i believe it was a hospital in Edinburgh,the lady in question will be on the forum tonight she is going to sue the said hospital for negligence and quite rightly to,so if anyone can assist she'd be very greatful,i could not believe a hospital would transfer such an ill man to another hospital without a nurse being sent with him.they did not put mrsa on his death cert.now theres a surprise,but they did tell his daughter he was mrsa possitive all over his body.

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My daughter and I still have the rash.
Posted by Jan
Last Reply August 20, 2006 at 18:18
Started April 28, 2006 at 17:34
Thanks Ann for your response. It means a lot to me.

We're still fighting the rash...we're all on Bactrim, which doesn't seem to be doing anything for us. We're doing the baths, the ointiment in the nose, and washing everything daily.

From what I've been reading, this could be CA-MRSA. Sounds like what a lot of kids in Texas had.

They haven't done any cultures, because there isn't any drainage. Just a lot of itchy red spots! We've seen an ID doctor, and we're going to see a Dermatologist on Monday.

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hubby's surgery
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply August 20, 2006 at 17:42
Started August 16, 2006
Dear all, hubby was admitted today, goes through surgery tomorrow, everybody keep their fingers crossed that everything goes ok ........i really need a break from all the doom and gloom.


i mean hubby goes through surgery this morning just realised the time...........(another sleepless night i think )

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Bev
Posted by Scott
Last Reply August 19, 2006 at 10:01
Started August 19, 2006 at 09:59
Moderators, sorry for not a proper post.

Bev...you have mail in your inbox.

Thanks,


Scott.

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Hospitals to close because of deficits
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply August 18, 2006 at 10:38
Started August 18, 2006 at 10:38
At least 10 major hospitals in England face potential closure or a downgraded role, the BBC has learned.

Talks are under way about removing emergency care from hospitals in London, Surrey, Sussex, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cornwall.

The sites will either close or be left to handle basic care, with "super" regional centres seeing the most ill.

NHS bosses say the measures are aimed at reducing deficits and treating more patients in the community.

In some areas, there are too many hospitals providing the same or similar services

But there are concerns people will have to travel miles for life-saving treatment.

George Beer, of the British Cardiac Patients Association, who is campaigning against changes to hospital services in Sussex, said: "If services are closed, severely ill patients will have to travel miles for care. It is putting lives at risk."

Further evidence of the move to centralised services at certain hospitals will emerge on Friday w... read more

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Spanish hospital on NHS
Posted by Rita
Last Reply August 17, 2006 at 09:57
Started August 17, 2006 at 09:57
My son-in-law has just returned from Spain. His dad is in a Spanish hospital with chest pains and breathing problems. My son-in-law was absolutely amazed by the way in which the nurses and doctors treated their patients they were so good. The ward was kept spotless at all times and litter or mess was 'immediately' picked up or cleaned. Regular cleaning took place. As soon as a patient left a bed the whole thing was taken away to a special room and, from what I understand steam cleaned, wiped down and dried. The room or space where the patient was was immediately thoroughly cleaned. All this on the NHS. As I explained to my son-in-law, which he cannot believe, that is what it used to be like over here, what happened?

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Vacomycin
Posted by Scott
Last Reply August 16, 2006 at 15:23
Started August 16, 2006 at 13:21
Hi all,


just got of hospital AGAIN !!!! after a number of weeks.

This time on vancomycin....uuuuuuurrgh.

1000mg twice per day IV for one week, how can I describe my experience of it.

Domestos, bleach, toxic....aaaargh, cramps, vomiting, poooing big time, they think it may have caused an over-growth of C-diff !!!

Now at home on Rifadin & Triamotheprin ( spelling )

pink and orange pee.....yuk

anyway got full blood tests and swabs this morning, I'll keep my fingers crossed, also they are possibly thinking of trying radiotherapy for the hidradenetis...I'll find out sonn.


Hope everyone is well.


Scott


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death certificates
Posted by Alice
Last Reply August 11, 2006 at 14:04
Started February 13, 2006 at 18:10
We are making a documentary for the BBC about the death certification system in the UK. How it works, who fills in the certificates and how the information is used.

We would like to talk to families who feel they have been given an inaccurate death certificate for their relative. This seems to be quite common when the person died of a hospital-acquired infection.

We are also keen to talk to doctors and nurses about their experiences and the pressures they are under. At this stage this is purely for background research and there is no obligation to appear in the final film.

If you are able to help us with our research please call Alice on: 020 7286 0333 or email alicey@filmsofrecord.com

All conversations will be in confidence.

Thanks!

Alice


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Advice needed plz for Nan...
Posted by KitKat
Last Reply August 10, 2006 at 21:15
Started August 8, 2006 at 01:58
Hi everyone.

I am so mad at my doctor right now. My Gran who is 85 with numerous health problems was diagnosed last week as having MRSA in her phelgm from her Lungs. The test was performed twice to be certain and both times it was positive.

My Doctor has not been to see my Gran for about 5 weeks and she diagnosed her as being a Colonized MRSA which means she is not symptomatic. She is having symptoms I think but she has so many symptoms it is difficult to say but she does not have any open wounds at all or wounds of any kind. She has not been in Hospital in 2 years and I am her full time carer.

I told my Dr (both have same doctor) that she has not been to hospital and someone has brought MRSA in and I think it might be me because I was admitted 8 weeks ago and went into a coma and I asked her could she test myself and my Mum who is 61 for MRSA and she outright refused. She also told me I do not need to protect myself or my Mum from MRSA because it is "Not contagious."
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C Dificile - can I sue the hospital?
Posted by Ric
Last Reply August 9, 2006 at 11:18
Started August 9, 2006 at 11:18
My Grandfather went into hospital with a cut on his leg.

One week later, he is on a drip feed, dying, because he has has C Dificile, which is only caught in hospitals. It is because of their lack of hygene - nothing else - that he is dying.

Can I sue the Hospital?


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I...
Posted by Eric
Last Reply August 8, 2006 at 01:48
Started March 14, 2006 at 06:54
I am 16 years old and have MRSA I feel alone and i dont know how to tell people of my skin problum like finding someone to love,and someone to care about you, i just feel alone in the world.

my email is RavensRevenge05@hotmail.com
if anyone can just talk to me and help me threw my way thank you i have had mrsa for about 3 years now.. :{

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Cleaning for Superbugs
Posted by Janet Goodwin
Last Reply August 7, 2006 at 20:25
Started August 7, 2006 at 20:25
Several years ago my husband and I had a cleaning company and had several contracts with local hospitals. One of these contracts was to clear staphylococcal bugs from infected wards. I believe this is of the same family as MRSA. This bug was airbourne and carried in particles of dust. It attacked open wounds so was usually found in surgical or maternity wards. We used to call this a 'staphy' bug. As soon as a patient became infected, the entire ward was cleared of patients but all beds, equipment, etc., was left in the ward. We were then called and went directly to the hospital with a special cleaning team. Our method, recommended at that time by the hospitals, was to clean the entire ward from top to bottom with a very powerful disinfectant which, from memory, was called Clearosil (or similar). This was so powerful that we would wear at least two pairs of surgical gloves at a time and these had to be regularly changed as the disinfectant would burn through them. We washed ... read more

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Lack of food and water/ death by dehydration
Posted by Amanda Steane
Last Reply August 7, 2006 at 17:07
Started February 1, 2005 at 15:03
My husband was dehydrated three times within a year at two different hospitals. He was effected all three times, the first two without physical damage. The third time he was mutilated to save his prescious life. In a coma after being discharged in renal failure secondary to dehydration he had to have such rigorous life support that eventually one leg came off, then the other foot, prolonged ventilation caused a subglottic stenosis which left him unable to breath for himself or TALK anymore and he lost the sight in one eye, all through not having his fluid monitored. He could no longer walk, talk, breath or see for himself anymore at the age of 43yrs. Dehydration really goes unseen and people just fall asleep and die, mainly the elderly, disabled, children, or the vulnerable people whom need to be cared for because they are too ill to care for themselves. I was very aware what was going on the third time for Paul, but i was still to late. Symptoms of dehydration include itching, conf... read more

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mrsa bug, hospital cleanliness
Posted by paul
Last Reply August 7, 2006 at 12:46
Started August 7, 2006 at 10:48
I have recently been in hospital for a ahernia opertation, and while there i was watching the cleaners at work, i spoke to them and asked what they were using to clean the floor, they said just water, i was amazed, i mentioned that i had been speaking to a retired nurse, and she said they always used to use bleach to clean with , as it kills pretty much any bacteria, but nowadays they dont use it, the cleaners agreed with me and we cannot figure out what the hell is wrong with administration of hospitals these days, everyone knows that bleach is the best thing for killing bugs at home sink, dishcloths etc.

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My Story
Posted by Des
Last Reply August 7, 2006 at 12:40
Started October 25, 2004 at 20:59
I was admitted to The New Victoria Hospital, Kingston, on 30th June 2003 for a shoulder reconstruction. The operation took place and I was discharged on the same day.

Approximately ten days later I had the staples removed at the hospital.

On Monday 21st July one of the internal stitches worked its way out of the wound. This facilitated a discharge of infected material from the wound that alerted me to the fact that the wound was infected. I attended my GP on Tuesday 22nd July. He took swabs from the wound, which were sent away for testing.

On Wednesday 23rd July I was experiencing extreme hot flushes and sweats. I told members of my family who came to my house to care for me. Subsequently my father contacted the hospital and as a result I was admitted to Kingston Hospital on Friday 25th July under the care of my original surgeon who operated on my shoulder the same day to flush the infection out.

I was discharged from Kingston Hospital the following week. On returning ho... read more

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MRSA and isolation?
Posted by Emma
Last Reply August 6, 2006 at 13:27
Started August 6, 2006 at 12:36
My grandfather is at the Royal Surrey in Guildford, we have just heard that he has bed sores that have become infected with MRSA. His condition has rapidly deteriorated. We are surprised that he is still on the ward, especially as he was admitted with a nasty chest infection and diarrhoea. Is isolation not necessary with MRSA or is it just another example of poor nursing?

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mrsa in the usa
Posted by Sara
Last Reply August 2, 2006 at 15:49
Started July 28, 2006 at 01:43
I am 17 yrs old and just recently got diagonosed with mrsa or actually community aqcuired mrsa... i hardly know anything about it. all i know is the name and i am on antibiotics . its on my upper arm near the bend at the elbow it is about half an inch deep and in a three in circumference.and i got it drained 4 days ago... i dont know how i got ir or anything... can anyone tell me how long it takes to heal or anything.

please email me at liltyedie_07@yahoo.com

thank you: Sara

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new rules to try and combat the problems
Posted by Bev hurst
Last Reply August 2, 2006 at 13:38
Started August 2, 2006 at 13:28
In future friends and relatives visiting patients at any of the four hospitals run by Southampton University Hospitals NHS trust will have to follow a new set of rules when they visit.

The measures which have already come into effect follow the publication of national statistics which showed the trust came 40th out of the 174 trusts in England for rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

There were apparently 92 cases at the trust in 2005-06, with 44 of these in the six months to April.

The average number of cases for hospital trusts in England for this six-month period was 20, with six reporting no cases.

Southampton University Hospital Trust is the eighth largest acute trust in England and the trust has now issued a set of guidelines for visitors which says;

Only two visitors at a time will be allowed at the bedside and they must sit on chairs rather than the patient's bed to minimise infection risks,
Visitors are asked not to bring very youn... read more

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