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MRSA and death certificates
Posted by Fiona Campbell
Last Reply July 19, 2006 at 19:28
Started March 22, 2005 at 14:29
If you have lost a freind a freind or family member to MRSA and had to fight for recognition on a death certificate please call me asap on 0208 624 9800

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MRSA during operation
Posted by hannah
Last Reply July 18, 2006 at 15:15
Started March 21, 2006 at 17:04
Hi
MRSA is something I am aware of as my father dies from it in 2004.
7 months ago i had an operation to remove an ectopic pregnancy which then resulted in MRSA in the wound site. My treatment has included cleansing agents along with silver to try and clear the MRSA. Then I was given inodine as a dressing. my doctor and those at the hospital have given me 13 different types of antibiotics-then a few weeks ago i was taken into hospital again and given vancomycin for 10 days. nothing has worked and now I have to have another operation to try and remove this.

Can anyone advise me what the chances of this spreading more during the operation are? This is my main concern

Usually I am fit and well and my age is 27.

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Enlisting celebrity help
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply July 18, 2006 at 14:55
Started July 18, 2006 at 13:28
As part of the Matron marketing campaign, Leslie Ash stated she was launching the range of products to ensure that the calamity which befell her in hospital should happen to no-one else. By the same token, it is not unreasonable to wonder if she will be willing to assist all MRSA victims, left damaged by the system, as she herself has been.

She could surely gain a considerable amount of publicity if she were to lobby on behalf of all MRSA victims and stating publicly that she has only gained redress as she has the financial resources to engage top lawyers. She should make it perfectly clear that she recognises that, had she been an ordinary member of the public to whom this disaster happened, she would be limping around on DSS benefit for a very long time with little chance of future gainful employment and that, as such, she wants it to be on public record that the treatment and denials meted out to victims of MRSA are a disgrace. It is further disgraceful that justice is only... read more

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outbreak at cheshire hospital
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply July 18, 2006 at 11:25
Started July 6, 2006 at 19:16
Action promised to tackle hospital bug Jul 5 2006
BOSSES at Crewe's troubled Leighton Hospital have vowed to win their war against MRSA following claims by a health chief that they are not doing enough to combat the superbug.

They say money has been invested, extra staff brought in and hospital-wide campaigns have already helped to tackle the infection, and MRSA figures dropped for the first time since 2001.

The pledge by Mid Cheshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Leighton, comes just a fortnight after the Chronicle lifted the lid on the situation on Ward 13 at the hospital which was closed to new admissions following an outbreak of nine cases of MRSA.

It also follows concerns by Mike Pyrah, chief executive of Central Cheshire Primary Care Trust, who said he was worried the hospital was not doing enough.

He said: 'We are still absolutely committed to working with Leighton as the hospital of choice, but we are concerned about the seeming inability to hit the target.'... read more

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experiences
Posted by MRSA Action UK
Last Reply July 14, 2006 at 15:14
Started July 14, 2006 at 15:14
We have been given the opportunity to hold a collaborative workshop to record experiences of compromising patient safety. Although this is for our members we are very mindful that this issue affects us all. We are more than willing to take forward anyone’s account of their experience so that the issue will have a higher profile. If any one wishes to provide details then please email info@mrsaactionuk.com the account would be better written in chronological order so it would be easier to disseminate. Each account will be annonymised and each account will be recorded and used to highlight the increasing number of infections being contracted and still no information being given to the families concerned The objective is to assess areas of Bad practise against areas of good practise and also to ensure that the government run NHS is kept under pressure to address the issue.

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MRSA Dormant on the Skin??
Posted by Phil
Last Reply July 14, 2006 at 12:13
Started June 15, 2005 at 11:47
Hi People

My wife passed away in intensive care with MRSA Sepsis after a long unexpectant stay in hospital.
She did have MRSA Spesis 2 months earlier to dying and pulled through with very intensive treatment.
Unfortunatly it took her the 2nd time.

My question is, myself and my children where obviously in close contact with her during her MRSA illness, and since I have found that I have a boil/spot that will not heal properly (5 months), it keeps coming back. Any cuts I get take a lot longer to heal over. I also get a sore nose/scab every now and again on one nostril.

I know that about 1 in 3 carry the MRSA on there skin, and I assuming that I have this problem after the close contact with my late wife.

I am worried about taking any sort of antibiotics to clear my skin, in case it makes the strain more resistant, like the Vancomycin resistant strain.

I understand that there is a new medication, a pil, begins with F I think, that may help.

I just don't want to ma... read more

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CMO report on good practise/bad practise
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply July 14, 2006 at 11:51
Started July 14, 2006 at 11:51
This report aims to create a new approach to promoting and assuring good medical practice and protecting patients from bad practice.

The Chief Medical Officer was asked to undertake this broad review of medical regulation, following Dame Janet Smith’s inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the murders committed by Hyde GP, Dr Harold Shipman.

The CMO’s report, Good doctors, safer patients, advises Ministers on measures to strengthen the arrangements in place for the protection of patients.

The report contains 44 detailed recommendations. Proposed changes include devolving some of the powers of the GMC to a local level, changing its structure and function, and creating a new framework for revalidation.

The Secretary of State for Health has welcomed the publication of Good doctors, safer patients and has launched a period of consultation


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MRSA Symptoms is weight loss a symptom of?
Posted by Mark Anthony Watson
Last Reply July 12, 2006 at 10:36
Started July 12, 2006 at 10:18
Is weight loss a symptom of weight loss? what is the most effective current treatmant for MRSA?

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Possible MRSA on facial Burn
Posted by Wendy
Last Reply July 11, 2006 at 16:09
Started July 11, 2006 at 14:21
Hi, on 17 January 2006 I had CO2 laser resurfacing done to my left cheek to try and minimise a burn scar that I have had since a baby. I have had continuous problems with the healing process and have been told by my GP today that I may have MRSA. I have been on Ciprofloxacin for over a month as a swab came back positive with Pseudomonas. I have two more sores on my scar now which are quite pusy. I will have to wait another week to get these swab results back and I can't believe it's been six months and my face still hasn't healed! I have been signed off work for a week now as I am torn up emotionally and feeling extremely depressed. Has anyone else suffered from MRSA infection on a burn or on the face? Any tips on what else i can do will be greatly appreaciated.

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MRSA & 6 month old daughter
Posted by b robb
Last Reply July 11, 2006 at 11:43
Started June 11, 2006 at 04:29
Hi,
Please help. My mother contracted MRSA of the sputam during a lengthy stay in a burn unit. She is now in a skilled nursing facility weaning from a vent, and no one will give me straight answers about the possibility of infection for my 6 month old daughter. Mom will be coming to live with us when she is discharged and I am terrified that she will pass the MRSA on to my daughter. The nursing home doesn't practice any infection control with any consistency what so ever, and tells me it is not their policy to "clear" patients of MRSA. Mom was treated with a 2 week round of vancomycin in the hospital. Does anyone know who I can contact to find some information on risk to my daughter, and how I can have mom cleared or re-treated if need be for the MRSA?

Thank you,
Beth in Ohio

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Early Day Motion 2502 REDRESS FOR NHS PATIENTS
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply July 10, 2006 at 20:29
Started July 10, 2006 at 20:29
I hope you will all urge your MPs to support the Early Day Motion 2502 REDRESS FOR NHS PATIENTS. Please ask them to sign it before the final reading of the bill on Thursday 13th July 06.

It is important that there is independence in investigations of medical complaints just as there was necessity for independent investigation into complaints about the police.

I attach below my MP's response.

Ruth

Thank you for drawing this motion to my attention. I can confirm that I have added my name to the list of signatories. I know that the issue of independence will be highlighted when the NHS Redress Bill returns to the Commons on Thursday.

Best regards
James Brokenshire



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boils....? MRSA?
Posted by vicki
Last Reply July 9, 2006 at 23:00
Started May 21, 2006 at 23:28
I HAVE BEEN DEALIGN WITH SMAL BOILS OCCRUING EVERY FEW MONTHS, now for months, my doc tells me he has no idea what it looks lke, maybe staphh infection, he put me on an atniboitic, it helped A LITTLE, my dermatologist says he can't help me unless i have one during a schedulaed appointment. my question is, does anyone know if theses bnoils are a sypmotm of MRSA? i was getting 6-7 boils at once, spread all over my body, rangin from face to upper things, one very near my eye , after teh antibotic treatment i know am opnly getting them on my shoulder.
ANY IDEAS??

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ICNA
Posted by WILMA
Last Reply July 8, 2006 at 16:42
Started July 8, 2006 at 16:42
Whats the point of them? Hospitals stink, still infection - they are not effective.

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MRSA
Posted by FAY
Last Reply July 8, 2006 at 15:40
Started July 6, 2006 at 20:55
Toay i saw my gp. Who tells me i am lucky to be alive! I have had mrsa since 17th Jan 06.
i am at an all time low. Help please

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surport group
Posted by fay
Last Reply July 8, 2006 at 08:47
Started July 7, 2006 at 23:18
Hi, Just wondering if anybody in the Somerset area would like to get together to start a surport group. It would be informal but hopefully very helpful. Please let me no.
Fay

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kingsmill
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply July 7, 2006 at 12:27
Started July 7, 2006 at 09:36
Why did my elderly mum get MRSA at hospital?
A WORRIED son has raised concerns over infection control procedures at King's Mill Hospital after his mother contracted the MRSA superbug while receiving treatment for angina.
Shocked Simon Gascoigne, of Newstead Abbey, claims his frail mother Peggy (79) was struck down by the deadly infection due to sub-standard treatment and poor infection control methods during her stay on the hospital's Simpson ward last month.
He says his disabled mother suffered agonising sores on her bottom just days being admitted and only found out she had MRSA days later after she was moved to Kirkby Community Hospital.
"In all the time she has been at home she has never suffered from anything like this before," Mr Gascoigne told Chad.
"There seems to be a lack of infection control at King's Mill and I believe other patients will undoubtedly suffer.
"I was shocked when I was told my mum had contracted MRSA and it is extremely worrying that this has happene... read more

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Why did you delete my posts
Posted by MIke
Last Reply July 6, 2006 at 19:40
Started July 6, 2006 at 18:04
Why did you delete my posts? Both of them?

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Immune boosting therapies
Posted by Heather
Last Reply July 6, 2006 at 12:00
Started February 23, 2006 at 18:53
Hello, I have a friend who has just been diagnosed with mrsa after an operation. Does anybody out there know of some natural/herbal remedies that can boost the immune system and aid recovery. Many thanks.

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Repeated Infections with Staph Aureus
Posted by Jason
Last Reply July 5, 2006 at 11:01
Started June 11, 2006 at 18:25
Can anyone please offer me their professional or knowledgable opinion? I keep on getting recurrent infections with the bug staphylocceus Aureas (confirmed via urine tests) and this has caused me problems since the start of 2006. I have now received various antibitics (e.g. Trimethroprim, Ciprofloxacin, Ampicillin etc) and the symptons/bug still keeps on returning. I was wondering if i may have actually acquired the more virulent MRSA type of S.Aureus bug because of 2 reasons - firstly, i had a hospital procedure done last year and secondly i also cut my hand too. All i am interested in is getting the treatment i need to sort whatever this is out. Does anyone know of whom i may be able to speak to about my concern since i feel i am getting no where fast with my local health service providers? Many thanks if anyone can porvide me with any guidance.

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6- year-old with recurring impetigo
Posted by Jan
Last Reply July 3, 2006 at 17:16
Started April 14, 2006 at 02:46
Last summer, my 6-year-old son, and 5-year-old daughter developed impetigo. My son's went away after a week on Keflex, but my daughter's was more resistant. She needed to be put on a higher dosage for a longer period of time. We haven't seen it again on my son, but my daughter, now 6, developed impetigo again in February. We haven't been able to get rid of it. Her doctor has put her on Keflex twice, and now she is on Bactrim (also for a second time). She has an appoitment next week with an ID doctor, and one the following week with a dermatologist. Does this sound like it could be MRSA, and is this type treatable if it is? I'm terrified to send her to school!

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