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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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my sister
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply June 8, 2006 at 08:07
Started June 8, 2006 at 01:26
Dear All, my husbands surgery was cancelled, and now has to wait till AUG 15th to go in, my sister has went through her surgery today, she is now in icu. they had to do a hernia op aswell as her reversal, my sister as you all know was infected with mrsa, at STOBHILL HOSPITAL in GLASGOW ,last August. to my horror she was admitted yesterday to an isolation room, wait for it.............to be told she had no toilet, or shower, and would have to go through the MAIN WARD ,to use the toilet ,and to shower, WHAT'S THE BLOODY WELL POINT STOBHILL,is this infection control........ because it is BLOODY WELL LAUGHABLE IF IT IS. you's have not got your act together, no matter how you's are trying to deal with your MRSA ISSUES, you's are not following infectious control by doing this to patients, you's are not hoodwinking anybody. i will let you's all know how my sister is doing ,i will also update on the site everything that comes to my attention regarding STOBHILL HOSPITAL during my sisters sta... read more

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mrsa in the home
Posted by kate
Last Reply June 7, 2006 at 08:31
Started June 5, 2006 at 16:00
My mother has MRSA in a leg ulcer. She is going into a Nursing home and we have to clear her house prior to selling it. How long does the MRSA bug stay on items of furniture, bedding etc. before they are safe to handle? Any advice on how to tackle a home clearance with MRSA?

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NHS redress debate
Posted by Bev hurst
Last Reply June 6, 2006 at 20:23
Started June 6, 2006 at 20:13
The Secretary of State for Health (Ms Patricia Hewitt): I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.
Every day, NHS doctors, nurses and other dedicated health care professionals look after patients, improve health and well-being and save thousands of peoples’ lives, and we all owe them an enormous debt of gratitude. But sometimes something goes wrong. The Bill deals with the minority of cases in which patients are harmed by their NHS care. All of us know about such cases from our own constituencies. What I find, and I am sure that other hon. Members find, is that people want to know why the treatment went wrong, they want an apology from the hospital or doctor concerned, and they want to be reassured that lessons have been learned so that others will not suffer like them in future. Sometimes, but by no means all of the time, they would like some compensation
Keith Vaz (Leicester, East) (Lab): I welcome the Bill and my right hon. Friend’s commitment to improving the syst... read more

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MRSA CANADA
Posted by kittenkaboodle
Last Reply June 4, 2006 at 03:19
Started June 4, 2006 at 03:19
After seeing 12 doctors I finally managed to get diagnosed with MRSA, Even after mentioning to doctors that I thought I had MRSA many seemed reluctant to test me. It seems to be a frustrating trend in the spread of this disease. Even when I went to the pharmasist they were unable to fill one of my prescriptions?!? I actually said to her "I'm an epidemic!" Who knows how many people I've infected threw this negligence!!!

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MRSA in Sheltered Housing Schemes
Posted by Scheme Manager
Last Reply June 2, 2006 at 19:28
Started November 16, 2005 at 09:35
I am very concerned about tenants being discharged from hospital with MRSA. Homecares visit these tenants and then go on to visit other tenants in the building and the community. Tenants visit each other. Staff in charge of schemes are not told that a tenant has MRSA on hospital discharge. At a recent Tenants Meeting we discussed the procedure of treating everyone who had been discharged from hospital as having MRSA and put safety measures in place upon their return to the scheme (double glove, apron, hand gel). I do not want people who have MRSA to be singled out. It is a very sensitive situation. I have also put special Laundry procedures in place as I have heard that the MRSA is not killed off when washing at low temperature so we follow any laundry done by a wash of 'old bedding' at 90 degrees, this bedding is used solely for the purpose of a 'follow' wash. I would appreciate any comments from others.

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facts speak for themselves
Posted by Bev hurst
Last Reply May 31, 2006 at 20:14
Started May 31, 2006 at 20:14
Superbug risk higher for long-term patients
A shock survey today reveals that long-term hospital users are 10 times more likely to carry the MRSA superbug than the average person.
Health experts tested hundreds of people at Queen Alexandra Hospital and found 35 per cent of those needing regular care had traces of the MRSA bacteria on their skin.
But of those who went to the hospital for a one-off visit – seen as a good cross-section of the general public – only 3.6 per cent were detected as carrying the MRSA bug.
The findings appear to refute some health chiefs who have suggested MRSA is widespread and can be picked up anywhere in the community.
And they suggest health chiefs are still miles away from conquering the bug.


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Washing Laundry
Posted by Daniel Looney
Last Reply May 31, 2006 at 14:06
Started May 31, 2006 at 11:54
How do i wash laundry that has been used by a MRSA INFECTED RESIDENT? we normally send laundry to an industrial laundry will this be sufficient to remove bacterea?

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post mrsa - op and heart problems
Posted by jasey
Last Reply May 29, 2006 at 20:57
Started May 29, 2006 at 10:39
Can anyone give me some advice ? my daughter aged 6 had a very serious MRSA based bone infection 6 years ago. I do not know whther she is a carrier or not.
She is due to undergo major reconstructive surgery very soon. An ultrasound has now shown an open heart valve and we have been told she needs anti-biotics before surgery or dental treatment - what can I do to minimise the risks to her before and after surgery ?
thank you
Jasey

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mrsa prevents hip replacement
Posted by sharon
Last Reply May 29, 2006 at 10:46
Started May 12, 2006 at 14:19
hi can any one offer any help
my 71 yrd old friend had a hip replacement 2 yrs ago which has never been right. 6 weeks ago he went to have it removed and replaced.after removing they found infection so he has been 6 weeks without a hip and stuck in bed with antibiotics today he went for the new hip only to be told that when they re opened the wound he was full of mrsa and a replacement hip is no longer an option. he will wait for infection to be treated another 4-6 weeks and be stitched up sent home with a built up shoe followed by physio ! how will he cope we cant imagine a leg without a hip joint does any one no of some info i can get or any experiences ?

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pick n mix ?
Posted by Bev hurst
Last Reply May 29, 2006 at 10:42
Started May 28, 2006 at 13:47
Patients get right to elite treatment
Sarah-Kate Templeton, Medical Correspondent

PATIENTS will be encouraged to bypass their local NHS hospitals to be treated at elite foundation trusts and private treatment centres anywhere in England under reforms to be introduced by Patricia Hewitt, the health secretary, this week.
In an acceleration of the government’s drive to create more competition between hospitals, patients who are dissatisfied with the standard of care offered by NHS hospitals in their area will be given the option of travelling to a top-rated foundation trust anywhere in the country.

The changes are likely to anger old Labour MPs and health unions who fear NHS hospitals with poor ratings will go into further decline or shut.

Patients will, in time, also be able to choose which surgeon carries out their operation, according to Hewitt.

At the moment patients who need a routine operation are given the choice of treatment at four or five hospitals in thei... read more

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mrsa treatment
Posted by melanie andrews
Last Reply May 28, 2006 at 17:57
Started November 4, 2004 at 17:21
How do I get intouch with Brian Bennett to try his cream? A previous web site link did not work and I am now at a loss how to contact him.
My mother has been diagnosed with MRSA and the treatment is just not working - we feel desperate. Hope someone can help.

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Moseley Hall
Posted by Carolyn
Last Reply May 27, 2006 at 15:17
Started May 27, 2006 at 15:17
My father was discharged from Moseley Hall in a dreadfull state. MRSA plus pressure sores down to the bone. He was sent home just with paracetamol and cream for his nose(to treat the mrsa).I found him one day on ward 5, eating his dinner on a table ,next to his plate was a towel covered with excrement from when they had changed him. He is now back in selly oak with sepsis. Any one else out there had problems with Moseley Hall?

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MRSA culture
Posted by Cathy
Last Reply May 25, 2006 at 20:02
Started May 2, 2006 at 18:39
Hi there,

My son came down with CA-MRSA about 1 1/2 months ago.
We just got the culture results back (nose and previous boil site) and they were both negative.

Though this seems like good news, I wanted to run this by all of you and get you input.
Have others had negitive cultures and then have reoccurrences anyway?
Any advice appreciated, thank you, Cathy

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WHEELCHAIR CLEANING TO PREVENT INFECTION
Posted by PATRICIA
Last Reply May 25, 2006 at 16:52
Started May 25, 2006 at 16:09
I AM CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING THE CHANCES OF INFECTION SPREAD AS A RESULT OF TRANSMISSION VIA WHEELCHAIRS.I HAVE READ ON SEVERAL SITES THAT VERY LITTLE INFECTION CONTROL IS CARRIED OUT VIA THIS MODE OF TRANSPORT.CAN ANYONE HELP AS TO WHAT INFECTION PREVENTION IS CARRIED OUT ON WHEELCHAIRS

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