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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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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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