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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

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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MRSA in Out-P:atients clinics
Posted by Mrs L H Lewy
Last Reply August 2, 2006 at 12:56
Started August 2, 2006 at 12:56
It seems that the first recorded mention of this in the public (lay) press was an article in The Observer, December 1988. The information in the article was contributed by the Consultant Microbiologist at our local hospital, where my husband was subjected to colorectal surgery and never fully recovered. For the remaining two miserable years he was repeatedly called to various Out-Patient Clinics salso attended by long-stay mental patients from nearby institutions, until finally he died a couple of weeks after the last such appointment.
the post mortem report merely said "Pneumonia" and no attempt was made to find out what had caused that Pneumonia even though the day before I had given explicit written instructions to the Hospital that the "pathogen" must be cultured and named.
Does anyone have any experiences to share?

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Advice needed please
Posted by Heather Wilkinson
Last Reply August 2, 2006 at 09:24
Started August 2, 2006 at 08:59
My husband has had an operation for colorectal cancer (12th June). Whilst in hospital he suffered from some sort of infection, which wasn't named.......just told that he had an infection and needed intravenous antibiotics. His temperature was slightly raised and he wasn't allowed home until this had come down. They decided to "watch and wait" to see what happened as they thought that there could be an underlying infection or perhaps a blood clot at the site. When he came home for hospital he had 10days of antibiotcs to take. After these were finished, his wound was still needing packing on a daily basis and the wound has got bigger, or deeper on a daily much so that the nurse at our surgery took a swab and sent it to the hospital. Yesterday, our GP phoned to say that my husband had MRSA and could he come over for a prescription for more antibiotics when he came for his dressing to be removed and re packed. This was not due to the results of the swab taken last Fr... read more

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foundation trusts
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply August 1, 2006 at 18:35
Started August 1, 2006 at 15:51
Hewitt recommends twelve trusts for Foundation Status


Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt today gave her support for 12 more NHS Trusts to apply for foundation status as eight new foundation trusts were authorised by Monitor, the independent regulator.

The twelve trusts that have received the Secretary of State's support for foundation status are:

- Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust
- County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
- Humber Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust
- Milton Keynes General NHS Trust
- North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
- North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust
- The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
- South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
- South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust
- St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust
- The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust

These trusts now undergo an a... read more

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im still none the wiser what mom died from.
Posted by jayne
Last Reply August 1, 2006 at 15:26
Started August 1, 2006 at 15:01
judge yourselves, and let me know, i have just received the hospital complaint back from the health authority, a lot of it does not make sense, and a lot of it is not what we were told at the time, where do i go after this, because i cannot let this go

Dear Mrs Dyer,
thank you for your concerns about the treatment, given to your mother at Sandwell and Rowley Regis hospital, please accept my condolences on your sad loss, your concerns have been investigated and i am now in a position to respond. I am sorry that it has taken longer than anticipated to reply but,as you will appreciate, we have had to obtain comments from a number of clinicians, to be able to deal with your detailed concerns.
i will now respond to your questions

1) Why when Mrs Darcy was admitted to hospital did it take 3 days before they decided to operate.
Mrs Darcys symptons did not initially suggest there was a problem with her abdoman that would require an operation. there was no documentaion of abdomina... read more

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Posted by FAY
Last Reply August 1, 2006 at 13:47
Started July 6, 2006 at 20:52
hi i have mrsa due to Gastric banding.
I am trying to find other people who have had mrsa from the NUFFIELD GROUP OF HOSPITOLS.

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The Case for Clean Hands
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply August 1, 2006
Started August 1, 2006

The New England Journal of Medicine

[Extract] If every caregiver would reliably practice simple hand hygiene when leaving the bedside of every patient and before touching the next patient, there would be an immediate and profound reduction in the spread of resistant bacteria.

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Nan has MRSA.
Posted by T
Last Reply August 1, 2006
Started August 1, 2006
Hi everyone,

I have just found out my Gran has MRSA. The doctor phoned me up earlier today and told me her phelgm test came back positive for MRSA. I am my Grans carer and live with her and so does my Mum. I have heard of MRSA and I know it can be infectious because we had a big outbreak down here at the Hospital near my home.

My doctor said she was waiting for a call from the specalist and then she is going to call me back. She phoned me just under one hour ago and said the specalist said Gran has definitely got MRSA, it is nothing to worry about, we do not need to take any precautions or preventative measures to protect myself and my Mum from contracting MRSA and basically to live as normal and dont give MRSA a second thought. I had a go at our own doctor and finally got perscried some Antibiotics because my Gran has a chest infection.

But I am very concerned and very disgusted at the doctor. Hell, she even had a go at me for sending in a phelgm sample to be checked. I ... read more

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Nurses ignore hygiene in superbug battle
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply July 31, 2006 at 23:33
Started July 31, 2006 at 23:33
Nurses ignore hygiene in superbug battle

Jo Revill
Sunday July 23, 2006
The Observer

Hospital staff are failing to wash their hands after touching patients carrying the superbug MRSA, despite government initiatives aimed at curbing the spread of infection, according to a study to be published in the Journal of Hospital Infection. Doctors and nurses believe they are regularly washing their hands but researchers discovered they often forget to do so.
Elizabeth Jenner and Ben Fletcher at Hertfordshire University followed 71 staff on a hospital ward over a week, with some of the patients they cared for being in isolation because they were known to have the MRSA infection. They found that on 22 per cent of occasions, staff failed to wash their hands after contact with MRSA patients, increasing the risk that it would be spread to the next patient they touched - despite the fact that the staff knew they were being observed.

By studying more than 1,000 occasions when nurses an... read more

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Posted by Luci
Last Reply July 31, 2006 at 14:10
Started July 30, 2006 at 23:35
I went to see an ill relative today with her close family in an NHS hospital who had an operation after suffering from a hernia and violent vomiting. She was put in an isolation room. We had no restrictions to her (the door was wide open nor were we advised to wash our hands - which we did -and there was only 1 nurse for 30 people anyway, the hospital was really pretty grubby). We spent 2 hours with her, I being directly opposite to her for that time(2 hours or so), kissed the other family members who had kissed her. She told us she has an infection, don't know what it is. Anyway, one of the relatives went to talk to the nurse before she left, and we found out later that the nurse had told her that she has MRSA. Now I don't know if me or anyone else's lives have been put at risk. Going to see a doctor. Just how do they handle MRSA?

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forum search
Posted by Rob
Last Reply July 30, 2006 at 10:25
Started February 1, 2006 at 07:38
I have developed a simple forum search feature, you need to click into the "List Forum Topics" to see it. It allows you to search for words in topic titles and topic author names. I hope to further develope search facilities on this forum soon. If anyone spots any errors or problems with it, please let me know.

I'm also thinking of renaming the term Topic to Thread, good idea or not?

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Posted by sharon
Last Reply July 29, 2006 at 22:05
Started July 10, 2006 at 12:12
My 9 month old son has always had cradle cap. About 3 weeks ago it started weeping. Took him to doctors where a swab of the crown of his head was taken. It came back MRSA positive.It cleared up within a day or two but re occured about a week ago. I took him back to the doctors where another swab was taken. I am still awaiting results. I don't understand what the word colonization means and also, i have read some comments about MRSA appearing on children's bottoms. What exactly is appearing? Surely if a child is infected, he/she should be treated along with other members of the family to stop it re appearing?

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happy life for my 2 children now with MRSA
Posted by Crystal
Last Reply July 29, 2006 at 21:38
Started July 28, 2006 at 19:22
I had 2 c-sections, and on my last one I unknowningly got MRSA and passed it to my 2 year old. She brakes out with bumps on her butt at least 2 times a month if not more. I am unsure if my now 5 month old has it, we don't want to put her through all the test if it is not needed. My childrens father and the rest of his family don't take this matter to heart. They act like MRSA is a cold. Stress, how can I make the stress level lower? How can I ensure my children have a safe, happy, long life if they are faced as am I with MRSA for the rest of our lives????

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Should we take any preventitive action?
Posted by Maria
Last Reply July 29, 2006 at 07:39
Started July 28, 2006 at 22:52
Have just been told my aunt has MRSA infection. The hospital did not tell any of us, her family. They told the Nursing Home she was transferred to who told my brother. He had specifically asked the hospital about any infections previously. Among her visiting family are two dentists, a physiotherapist and a medical student. One of the family was regularly taking her laundry home to wash.
What should we do now to ensure infestion has not spread to us and hence onwards?

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