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HAI: Necrotising fasciitis?
Posted by Stephanie Walker
Last Reply July 27, 2006 at 18:19
Started July 26, 2006 at 16:36
Hi all,

I've been reading the posts to this site and noticed that necrotising fasciitis (aka NF or, as the media insist, the 'flesh-eating bug') doesn't seem to appear here as an HAI. I picked up NF last year following a hysterectomy in my local hospital. I became very ill 2-3 days after my op and my condition deteriorated rapidly until I ended up on an Intensive Care unit. I needed 6 debridement ops over the next 12 days (to cut away all the necrotised tissue from my abdomen), my bp fell to dangerous levels, my major organs began to fail and I ended up on a ventilator. I was put onto big doses of IV morphine for the pain and had many morphine-based hallucinations which were at times really distressing. Altogether, this was not a good experience!

The consultants (and there were many of them!) didn't seem to know what to do at first. I tested negative for MRSA and although they knew it was some kind of wound infection I was not isolated at all - I wasn't even moved to a side-wa... read more

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stats out today
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply July 24, 2006 at 16:51
Started July 24, 2006 at 14:38
the northwest has had a rise in the MRSA rates and the C Dif rates for the whole country has just gone through the roof !
the total cost to treat just these 2 infections alone is staggering then if you take into consideration the other healthcare infections such as MSSA, E Coli, Norovirus etc etc then its no wonder the NHS is looking at a deficit !

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pennine trust
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply July 22, 2006 at 13:14
Started July 22, 2006 at 13:14
Pennine is to sell its headquarters site at westhulme to help the financial deficit of 21.3 million ~ Westhulme was founded in 1877 as an infectious disease hospital and the buildings are now used to house just administration staff
HQ will now be moved to North Manchester and there will obviously be a loss of jobs
2004/2005 the cost to treat just 3 healthcare associated infections MRSA, MSSA and C Dif was £3,337,987 and that was only 3 of the infections that we know are causing problems does'nt take into consideration E Coli, Norovirus etc
~ they would probably have been better off binning HQ altogether and re-using the purpose built hospital for what it was ~ isolation !

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nurses in nuring homes
Posted by emma disney
Last Reply July 22, 2006 at 05:44
Started September 12, 2005 at 20:16
My mother Lucy Disney died 11 months ago due to contracting mrsa as a care assistant in a nursing home. She had insect bites on both lower legs. Due to having several deep holes and barely any flesh left on her legs she died from blood clots to her lungs. After my mothers funeral she was 44 by the way other nurses she worked with were tested due to their fear and several results came back positive as did some of their kids at home. My son who was 2 at the time was also a carrier.I am interested in finding out if other nurses in care homes have become infected at any time. I can not get past my mothers death and feel the need to gain information from others to again take my issue to parliament as i think greedy care home owners who cover up the exisxtence of mrsa in their homes should be held responible. My mothers boss will still do nothing for the nurses in the care home who have proved to be carriers not even provide hand wash. Even so i can not even touch her in a court of law. A... read more

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Posted by lynn
Last Reply July 21, 2006 at 11:51
Started July 20, 2006 at 18:11
can you catch mrsa off someone that you have day to day contact with at work.

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downplaying seriousness, treatment lagging
Posted by Maui Porter
Last Reply July 20, 2006 at 21:35
Started January 1, 2005 at 06:37
I just found out this evening that my fiance, who is hospitalized following abdominal surgery, has MRSA. The hospital staff has put him on Vancomycin, but they are acting like this is no big deal. I have already tried to get them to give him IV vitamins (esp vit. C, which I just found out has been found to kill MRSA) but they won't do it. This man had been throwing up or having diarrhea for 6 weeks prior to his surgery, (wherein they found that adhesions that tore loose in a car accident had caused his small intestine to leak into the abdominal cavity) I know DAMN well he is vitamin deficient; how could he *not* be? In any case, the fact that vit C. speed wound healing and promotes blood vessel health is something you think would be of interest to these doctors... but they are the same ones who missed diagosing the torn bowel tissue, which I had figured out myself.

Has anyone out there had any luck getting doctors to listen about more effective drugs or vitamin c therapy?

Ther... read more

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Death to MRSA
Posted by Roy Sparks
Last Reply July 20, 2006 at 14:23
Started October 14, 2004 at 13:23
I have a colleague who has developed a way of killing off mrsa and any other known bugs which are harmful to patients and visitors alike. The process is easy, quickly applied and works . I have contacted numerous bodies who should be interested , including the minister of health J Reid and other MP's, sadly they don't even bother to reply to my e mails . The process doe not affect humans , does not affect food preparation and has a 100% kill rate on all the known germs it was tested on; verified by the university who tested it . It is not a chemical so the germs cannot build up a resistance to it , and it's British . Perhaps if I put it in a war head and "discovered " it in the sands of Iraq it might get some publicity . Roy on 01626 852529

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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
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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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 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
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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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.


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.

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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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