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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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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.

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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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When and how do you get the all clear?
Posted by Andrew
Last Reply July 3, 2006 at 07:24
Started July 2, 2006 at 09:01
Having spent a while now reading the various postings, I would like to say how moved and concerned I am.

I have a 1 year old son who caught 'something' in The Royal Surrey hospital during his birth and was bombared with everything the hospital could throw at him, which scared the hell out of my wife and I for a number of weeks. What was equally worrying was the manner in week we were treated. We couldn't geta straight answer out of anybody, it seemed a different story each time we spoke to a new person and finally his notes were removed from this room while my wife slept and never found again. Thereby removing and history of the event that we could see.

Anyway, all seems well a year later but my question relates to a friends baby (also 1 year) that caught MRSA in hospital during an operation. The mother of this baby is coming to a group picnic soon and I'm concerned about my 'little angel' catching something. Am I being overly concerned because we almost lost him in the begin... read more

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Posted by Angie
Last Reply July 2, 2006 at 14:26
Started July 2, 2006 at 14:26
If you contract MRSA and have been treated, do you get rid of the bug, or will you always be a carrier of MRSA?

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here we go another policy
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply June 30, 2006 at 15:21
Started June 29, 2006 at 15:53
Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Health, has given a rallying call to the NHS Chiefs in each of the ten English regions, as the new health authorities come in to effect on 1 July 2006.

The new look structure sees the number of Health Authorities reduced from 28 to 10 so that there are fewer, more strategic organisations to deliver the next stage of health reforms.

In a letter from Sir Ian Carruthers and Patricia Hewitt, the new leaders have been charged with providing strong leadership to address difficult issues, ensure the delivery of high performing local services and to accelerate necessary reforms. They have also been asked to develop within their organisations, a culture based on a shared vision with Ministers so that everyone is working together for the success of their local NHS.

Welcoming the new organisations coming in to effect, Patricia Hewitt said:

"I am delighted to welcome these new organisations and their leaders and that this phase of creating a... read more

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Go to the police!
Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply June 30, 2006 at 14:21
Started June 30, 2006 at 11:28
I read this discussion forum on a regular basis.I must advise everyone that if you believe a crime has taken place in your case-then report it to the Police.
Complaining is good-but if you personally have had a crime done to you or have witnessed a crime-do as this Government is advising-report the crime!
If you believe a doctor or a hospital has broken the law-report the crime!
The police in my case do not know what to do-i doubt the CPS do either!But if a crime has taken place but is not reported how can anything Legally be done.
Do go through the complaints procedure and do report the crime-that is the complete systematic route available.
If you litigate-you cannot take the complaints route-Blair's government has given up a third of it's healthcare budget for litigation purposes-so there is a large amount available to pay people off and make the MRSA problem vanish that way.
The Law will only change via pressure on the Legal profession and politicans.
Do see your MPs-keep ... read more

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Posted by Su
Last Reply June 28, 2006 at 12:04
Started June 27, 2006 at 18:36
I am a care assistant and one of my clients has MRSA. I am worried about the consequences on me and my family. The only thing provided at the house is gloves! am sure there must be more precautions that I should be taking.

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