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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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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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MRSA
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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MRSA & CARERS
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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mrsa
Posted by pat west
Last Reply June 28, 2006 at 09:50
Started June 28, 2006 at 01:39
hi my wife went in hospital for routine op on gallbladder ,got major infection for 18months nurse visiting to irregate wound in stomage morning and night had to go for corrective surgery now she as hernery in same place terrfied of going in hospital this as been going on for five years anyone got any feedback desprate thanks pat

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mrsa
Posted by pat west
Last Reply June 28, 2006 at 01:43
Started June 28, 2006 at 01:43
hi my wife went in hospital for routine op on gallbladder ,got major infection for 18months nurse visiting to irregate wound in stomage morning and night had to go for corrective surgery now she as hernery in same place terrfied of going in hospital this as been going on for five years anyone got any feedback desprate thanks pat

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re mrsa and pregnant daughter
Posted by liza d
Last Reply June 27, 2006 at 11:37
Started June 27, 2006 at 11:37
hi I have had mrsa for nearly 2 years, on going wound etc, done route of vanc etc, on skin and in blood too now on doxycylin - what i am concerned about is risk to newly pregnant daughter and her baby. She is worried so am I. I sadly avoided her when she was getting pregnant,on advice, and that was heartbreaking enough but dont want to risk anything. we will hug etc have so missed that.what do i do?

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Information
Posted by Sharon
Last Reply June 27, 2006 at 11:31
Started September 10, 2004 at 20:45
Please excuse me if I appear totally ignorant, but I know very little about MRSA & have just met a lovely guy who has it quite badly in an open surgical wound & has been suffering for 18 months. He is in the process of getting 2nd opinion from a different surgeon etc & I want to be of support to him etc.
But I need to know about the risks I may be subjecting myself to. A friend has told me that the MRSA will be present in his saliva & that I shoud not kiss him. I'm very confused & not sure where to go to seek advice, can anyone advise me ??
Sharon

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My mom has MRSA
Posted by Kim
Last Reply June 27, 2006 at 07:31
Started June 23, 2006 at 13:59
Someone please help me. My mom has just been diagnosed with MRSA. SHe is 58 years old, and she has 3 sores. One on her leg which is now 2 inches deep, one on her stomach and one on her arm. She had surgery 2 days ago to clean all the wounds out, and she says they are looking better. Whats the protocal now for her? Im very afraid after reading many things on the internet. I can't loose my mom. Please can someone help me in learing all the facts. Ive been reading for days on this and am still uncertain as to what her outcome will be.
Thank you and God Bless.
Kim

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mrsa again
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply June 26, 2006 at 20:16
Started June 23, 2006 at 17:53
Dear All, my sister has mrsa again in her wound,the staff in the hospital kept saying it was just a wound infection every time my sister asked did she have mrsa again. she was discharged today, and on her discharge paper it said MRSA V E.my sister said while she was in she was not allowed to use the toilet, she had a commoed in her isolation room ,and every time she showered a cleaner was called to clean the shower after she had used it, my sister did not have toilet, or shower in isolation room, she had to go through main ward to use these. im know trying to find out what V E means in the terms of mrsa. so im away to google.

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DOCTORS DONT ALWAYS TELL YOU ABOUT MRSA
Posted by DEREK BUTLER
Last Reply June 25, 2006 at 02:04
Started August 2, 2004 at 19:53
MY STEPFATHER SUFFERD A MASIVE HEART ATTACK AND SPENT 15WKS IN HOSPITAL FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE.WE WERE TOLD THAT HE HAD ALSO SUFFERD BRAIN DAMAGE AS A RESULT,AND THAT HE WAS MOST LIKELY GOING TO DIE.WHEN HE EVENTUALLY DID DIE,IT COULD ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS BARBARIC,(YET HE WAS IN A MODERN HOSPITAL)WE COULD NOT UNDERSTAND THIS,SO MY MOTHER REQUESTED MY STEPFATHERS MEDICAL NOTES AND TO HER HORROR FOUND THAT HE HAD PROFUSE GROWTH OF MRSA IN 4 PLACES AND HE HAD HAD IT FOR AT LEAST 14 DAYS UPTO HIS DEATH,THEY NEVER EVEN TREATED IT OR TOLD HER, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS DOCUMENTED ON HIS MEDICAL NOTES FOR THE DOCTORS AND NURSES TO SEE,ARE THEY SO AFFRAID THAT THEY NOW DONT TELL FAMILIES THAT THERE LOVED ONES HAVE MRSA INFECTIONS AND THAT THEY LET PEOPLE DIE FROM IT AS WELL.

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screening in scotland
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply June 24, 2006 at 15:44
Started June 18, 2006 at 12:17
MRSA screening ‘could prevent 1200 cases’




By Judith Duffy, Health Correspondent



SCREENING all patients for MRSA over a five-year period could prevent an average of 1200 cases of the potentially deadly superbug a year in one hospital, a new report has concluded.
However, it could cost the hospital as much as £17.2 million to introduce a screening policy and increase the number of isolation rooms, but this would save more than 42,000 bed days over the five years .

The predictions have been made in first ever assessment on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a screening policy for MRSA, which was carried out for the Scottish Executive by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS).

The draft recommendations state that screening all patients with a high-sensitivity laboratory test, along with the use of isolation rooms on wards, would be an effective way of reducing the prevalence of the superbug.

Report co-author Dr Karen Ritchie, senior health services re... read more

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