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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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MRSA complaint update
Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply June 24, 2006 at 09:29
Started June 12, 2006 at 18:28
The Parliamentary Ombudsman is presently dealing with my Dad's death with MRSA.So i am expecting to hear from Mr Nathan Karim -the Senior Investigating Officer anytime soon.
I have heard from Detective Inspector Adam Price from Fratton Police Station,Portsmouth.He is chasing up responses to enquires he has initiated.He has given me assurances that he will be interviewing the Hospital Doctors concerned with the falsification of my Dad's death certificate.
Lastly,the BBC Real Story i have appeared in about My Dad's death certificate-and it obviously talks about MRSA-should be on BBC1 soon.Check out:"REAL STORY:What Killed My Dad?"on www.filmsofrecord.com

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MRSA risk from father in law to my Newborn
Posted by Lucy Jewson
Last Reply June 23, 2006 at 15:28
Started June 21, 2006 at 14:04
Hi

My father in law has contracted MRSA in hospital following an arterial replacement from his groin to his knee. He had the op 2 weeks ago and has been treated with IV gentamycin for the past week in hospital. (The MRSA was detected 10 days ago) They have now discharged him home on Doxycline and tell us that there is no risk to us when we need to go in and care for him. I am 35 weeks pregnant, planning a homebirth (not at father in laws home though!) and am extremely concerned that the MRSA that my husband will be exposed to by caring for my father in law in his own home, could come home to us on clothes, washing etc and infect me and my newborn baby. I also have a 3 year old who often has cuts and scrapes, as they do, and am being told that there is no risk if he visits my Father in law.

My father in law thinks I'm being paranoid and unreasonable being worried as he has been told he is no threat.

Am I being paranoid? What steps should/could we take?

I'd be really... read more

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MRSA symptoms
Posted by Caroline
Last Reply June 19, 2006 at 18:29
Started July 31, 2005 at 15:06
I have just come across this forum whilst researching MRSA. One of my grandmothers died 2 years ago after going into hospital from complication with diabetes and then she contracted MRSA. The death certificate did not make mention of this fact.

Now my other grandmother was admitted to hospital 2 weeks ago after suffering a stroke. When I went to visit last week she had had been moved to a room on another ward and the nurse advised me about hand sanitisation as she had MRSA. When I asked for more detail I was just told that everybody carries the virus but elderly and ill people are just more susceptible.

This weekend I went to vist and as if it wasn't harrowing enough before, her demise is pitiful to watch. I could immediately tell that she had difficulty breathing, I asked the nurse if she had a chest infection and she said they were waiting for a doctor to assess her. He did not appear in the 3 hours I was there. She could not answer any of my questions, ie, why she h... read more

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BBC News
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply June 16, 2006 at 18:46
Started June 13, 2006 at 16:30

NHS staff 'not happy with care'
The majority of NHS staff would have reservations about being treated in their own hospital, a survey says.
The poll of 72,600 hospital workers by the Healthcare Commission found only 44% would be happy with the standard of care where they worked.

The NHS watchdog said the findings were puzzling, while the Tories said it did little for patient confidence.

It comes as the NHS struggles with debt but the government said research showed patients were satisfied with care.

The survey was conducted at the end of last year when the deficits were beginning to bite.

The variation in they way staff answer this question is something of a puzzle
Dr Jonathan Boyce, of the Healthcare Commission

Since then over 12,000 jobs have been cut, wards closed and operations delayed. The latest figures showed the NHS finished last year with a £512m deficit as nearly a third of trusts failed to balance the books.

Overall, 6% strongly agreed t... read more

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Passing MRSA.....?
Posted by Jack
Last Reply June 16, 2006 at 18:39
Started June 13, 2006 at 17:26




can someone tell me can MRSA be passed from one person to another?And if yes how?

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Scots victims of MRSA
Posted by Judith Duffy
Last Reply June 16, 2006 at 18:33
Started June 15, 2006 at 14:11
Hi,

I am a journalist with a Scottish newspaper who is working on a story on MRSA. As part of the article, I am hoping to talk to someone who has either personally been affected by MRSA (or who has a family member who has been). I'm hoping to get someone is willing to have a quick photo taken and also lives in Scotland.
Unfortunately I'm working to a bit of a tight deadline and would have to set this up by the end of tomorrow (Friday 15th June) - any help or suggestions much appreciated!

I can be contacted at judith.duffy@sundayherald.com

Many thanks


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The Mail on Sunday
Posted by Derek Butler
Last Reply June 16, 2006 at 14:23
Started November 28, 2004 at 20:16
If anyone got the Mail on Sunday 28/11/04,they would have seen an article on MRSA in which the health authority in Brent were bringing in a policy of having the relatives of patients within thier hospitals banned from sitting on the beds of thier relatives,also the health authority were also considering stopping people from being near thier relatives so as to stop the spread of MRSA,there aim is as they say,to prevent contact with thier relatives and this they say will prevent the spread of MRSA as well.
This is from the Health Authority that has the worst MRSA infection rate in the country,and they are trying to blame the relatives of patients in the hospitals for the spread of this terrible bug,WHAT A NERVE.The most worrying part of this article is that they intend to introduce this policy nation wide,that means to every Health Authority in the country,it would seem that EVERYONE IS TO BLAME FOR THE SPREAD OF MRSA,EXCEPT THE MEDICAL PROFFESION.This really is an insult to ... read more

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NHS connecting for health
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply June 16, 2006 at 09:25
Started June 16, 2006 at 09:23
Plans to speed up implementation of the electronic patient record, have been announced by Health Minister Lord Warner.

Speaking at the BMA’s Local Medical Committee Conference, Lord Warner spoke about a number of initiatives to gear up progress on the electronic patient record – known as the NHS Care Records Service.

The first of these will be setting a date in early 2007 to begin pilots for the uploading of patient information onto the summary care record. This will enable the transfer of patient records when people change GPs. After a short period of consultation, a firm date will be published.

Another initiative is the establishment of a new taskforce to develop a detailed implementation plan for speeding up delivery of the electronic medical record. It will be chaired by a layperson and involve a cross-section of clinical representatives.

Charged with producing a detailed action plan by the end of this year, the taskforce will also be asked to draw on the work alread... read more

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MRSA in Germany
Posted by Burki
Last Reply June 14, 2006 at 23:17
Started June 14, 2006 at 18:15
Hey all,

I'm 22, male and from germany. Yes, I am pretty young and already survived MRSA.
In early february this year came to hospital with heavy pain in my stomach, nothing unnormal for me, I always had these problems. This time it was different. So I drove with my dad to the hospital where a perforation of the stomach was diagnosed. So many of my vital parts got infected... I think you can guess where the story goes. They stopped the perforation, that's what the first surgery was for. Some days later they just wanted to look whether my vital parts are allright but unfortunately they all were infected even more. My stomach and some parts of my small intestine were already dead - I was infected by MRSA and he started killing me. The hospital didn't find out about MRSA and started to bomb all sorts of meds. Nothing helped, my pancreas and my kidneys went septic.
So the hospital couldn't help me. As I was close to death (they gave me less than 10% to survive), my parents decided... read more

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MRSA Documentary
Posted by Cathy
Last Reply June 14, 2006 at 16:31
Started June 14, 2006 at 16:31
Hello everyone,

This is a very well done film. Honest and upfront regarding MRSA.
Things like these are difficult to watch and read, however it is better that we really know what we are dealing with.

http://tahilla.typepad.com/mrsawatch/mrsa_and_sport/index.html
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-05-10-superbugs-staphylococcus_x.htm?POE=NEWISVA

After MRSA nearly killed my vibrant 18 yr. old son, I was terrified. Now it has infected my 16 yr. old son.
I am grateful that the anitibiotics saved my son's life, however they were only a temporary solution. The infection was back within 10 days, though the culture showed sensitivity and I was told it would not come back.
I believe we are on the right track at least for us. If you want to follow our progress he... read more

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MRSA is Septic
Posted by Patti
Last Reply June 12, 2006 at 15:29
Started January 31, 2006 at 01:30
My 79 year old dad was admitted to the hospital on January 17th. He had fallen at home in Houston, Texas and could not get up. He had an absess on his lower back which they drained and sent off for diagnosis. On Friday the 20th we were told that he has MRSA and they began IV antibiotic. My brothers and mom had a hard time getting doctors to tell them what exactly we were to expect. I flew down to Texas (I live in Missouri) on Tuesday. For those first 36 hours I was there, I watched my dad scream and cry because he was hurting so bad. I did not leave the hospital until the doctor came to see my dad and I was able to corner him on Thursday am. This is what the doctor told me. My dad is septic. The MRSA has infected his heart, lungs and bladder. MRSA has gone into my dad's spinal bone and has eaten the L1, L2 and most of the L3 vertabrae. They would need to keep in the hospital for 10-12 weeks on IV antibiotic and even then they don't know if he could survive. After relaying this info... read more

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Any Hospital Staff with MRSA?
Posted by Masi
Last Reply June 11, 2006 at 14:42
Started October 26, 2004 at 13:39
I am looking for hospital staff - either nurses, doctors, cleaning staff, admin staff etc who have MRSA - this is part of independent research I am conducting. Your correspondence will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence - you do not even have to provide your name if you don't wish to. Please email for further details or reassurance: mrsa@maseena.com
Many thanks.

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mrsa+pregnancy
Posted by martel
Last Reply June 11, 2006 at 13:37
Started December 9, 2005 at 08:23
i am a 21 yr old female who has had mrsa for a little over a year. i am now 3 1/2 months pregnant and i want to know what effects this will have.i have seen several doctor and have been to 2 hospitals in my city but everyone tells me something different.with antibiotics the soars go away but come back at least once a month if not more.i can't get any answers and it is very frustrating because if you do not have mrsa you can not know how painful it is.it has changed my life completely.i how suffer from a severe anxiety disorder and manic depression.i caught this from a jail in the u.s which has had an epidemic of mrsa for 2 yrs and going.no one here knows what to do and seems to think it isn't that serious but to me holes in the flesh are very serious.can i pass this to my baby through pregnancy?

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