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Gave him MRSA then sent him home
Posted by Wendy
Last Reply May 13, 2006 at 13:14
Started May 13, 2006 at 10:03
Hi new here,
Can anyone advise please.....a friend was rushed into hospital 2 weeks ago with a blocked intestine requiring surgery...a week later he relapsed and tests were done....on wed / Thurs this week his wife was told he had MRSA, they isolated him and kept it all hush hush on the ward, although the nurses appeared to take precautions the ladies delivering cups of tea etc and the domestics walked freely in and out of his room with no hand washing etc....
Anyway, within 24 hrs of diagnosis, and with a leaking abdominal wound, the hospital spat him out and sent him home.....
As he left the ward he was in physical contact with other patients etc and however he caught it, he was on a general wards where nursing staff and patients mixed.
The ward /hospital seem to have pushed this under the carpet and by getting my friend out straight away seem tyo be carrying on as if nothing has happened....is this right....I am finding this irresponsibility hard to deal with, and having the ... read more

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unison conference press release
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 12, 2006 at 20:16
Started May 12, 2006 at 19:40
Hospital workers at UNISON’s health conference in Gateshead will today call for proper laundry facilities for their uniforms to help combat MRSA and other hospital acquired infections.

Staff complain that domestic washing machines are not capable of ensuring that any infection carried on their uniforms, from bodily fluid splashes, are destroyed completely. In addition, there is widespread concern that washing uniforms and the family wash in the same machine might in itself present a danger.

At the same time as UNISON is calling for greater emphasis on hospital cleanliness. The union has today released a survey showing that 80% of the public are worried about going into hospital because of the risk of catching MRSA or other hospital acquired infections.

Karen Jennings, UNISON Head of Health said:

“Cleaner hospitals must be at the heart of the battle against MRSA, whether that is on the wards or making sure uniforms and equipment are kept clean and germ free. Over the yea... read more

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hospital MRSA rates doubles
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 12, 2006 at 14:18
Started May 12, 2006 at 14:18
MRSA rates at Oxfordshire's major hospital almost doubled last month, although experts claim the increase is random and patients have nothing to fear.

In March 2006, there were 17 cases of the bug within the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, compared with nine the previous month.

Infection control specialist Dr Derrick Crook said although staff had looked at the sudden rise in numbers, it was well known that variations could be random on a month-to-month basis, and figures had to be looked at long term.

He said: "Even if you have a decreasing rate of infection, you could vary from as many as 25 on a bad month down to as few as two or three on another.

"Having said that, we're pretty motivated about dealing with this and other infection control issues.

"We are appointing a number of people in infection control and have initiated a number of new projects.

"The main activity is to intensively reduce infections around intra-vascular devices, which are things like d... read more

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more job cuts
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 11, 2006 at 18:45
Started May 5, 2006 at 13:24
PENNINE trust are to axe 800 jobs they have a deficit of over 21 million yet they have just got rid of their chief exec Chris Appleby and gave him a goodbye present of 1/4 million !! logic gone wrong somewhere !

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minor out patient surgery
Posted by SH
Last Reply May 9, 2006 at 22:48
Started May 2, 2006 at 22:08
I have a small benign lump on my leg, which can be removed by a short procedure under local anasthetic. does anyone know the statistics on contracting MRSA from this type of surgery at a private hospital?
Thanks

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MRSA
Posted by Tina Watson
Last Reply May 9, 2006 at 11:55
Started May 8, 2006 at 11:28
Please can someone give me advice, my Grandaughter has just spent 2 weeks in hospital very poorly, whilst in there she contracted MRSA, she had this for a week before we found out, she has special needs and produces vast amounts of secretions from her tacheostomy, this would not be a problem but I have been suffering from a leg ulcer for the past 8 momths that was clearing up nicely but the past 2 weeks it's not only broken out again but is now twicw as big as it was to start with very painful and has a horrable smell to it, we can't mget any help or advice from the hospital they just say MRSA is nothing to worry about, and I have told the clinic where I go to have my leg dressed and they are not interested either now I am begining to get realy worried as I can hardly walk on my leg and it appears to be getting worse any advice would be welcome, when we ask anyone about this bug we are told not to worry it's the media hype that makes it worse, many thanks Tina

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Death Certificate Latest
Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply May 9, 2006 at 08:38
Started May 9, 2006 at 01:25
The Health Care Commission sat on the fence!They can't say the Hospital falsified my Dad's certificate-yet they can't say they didn't!!!
The Ombudsman is now taking Our Death Certificate complaint-and treating it as a priority!
The Police are now investigating-and from our meeting with them-they haven't even spoke to the doctor who completed the Death Certificate yet-because it might be an infringement of his Civil Rights!!
I have done an interview for the forthcoming BBC TV Documentary about the Falsification of Death Certificates.It should be shown soon.
I hope this is of interest.God Bless,Tim.

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Just Diagnosed
Posted by Aileen
Last Reply May 8, 2006 at 15:49
Started March 14, 2006 at 13:52
My six year old daughter had an ear infection and has just been diagnosed with MRSA. She was given penicillan for her ear infection so the doctor is not giving her anything else. Is this normal? Can anyone else in the family catch this? Should I keep her off school? Help? The doctor has gone for the night and cannot answer my questions. Can anyone give me advice.

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our baby died of mrsa
Posted by Lianne and Andy
Last Reply May 8, 2006 at 11:34
Started November 28, 2005 at 10:39
our baby was born on 2nd december 2004 but died on the 6th december, the doctors said it was septicimia, 6 months later i was told it was MRSA, it would have been his first birthday in 4 days, i miss him so much, i have recently found out im pregnant again and im scared that it will happen again, how do i prevent it?

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COVER UP!!!!
Posted by guj
Last Reply May 6, 2006 at 14:38
Started February 4, 2006 at 16:03
Hi all
My father passed away 22nd Jan,he was admitted to hospital on the 7th with fluid on the lung.After two drains and several tests,there was a slight improvement and the doctors could find nothing in his urine,sputum or even the fluid drain.
On the 20th i arrived to visit and he told me to stay away from him as he had MRSA,That evening he was told he had a week to live....When i confronted the doctor,she replied 48 hours max.
I was told it was mrsa sceptacimia,he died in my arms 51 hours later
When i saw the DC,it said pneumonia!!!! I said i wouldnt leave until this was changed,which after 3 hours they did.
So,i have a DC with mrsa sceptacimia and am at present pursuing this with the hospital etc...I want justice for the premature loss of my dad!!
Guj

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info
Posted by chris
Last Reply May 5, 2006 at 08:46
Started May 3, 2006 at 11:52
Hi Bev thanks for your reply my dads in Russel Hall Hospital in Dudley West Midlands. I keep reading that i can see the notes but the staff are just making things very difficult, they say things like i wouldnt understand the notes any way etc. Every day there is a different method for gettin to read the notes that we can see sat on the trolley in a green folder! Sadly i am still empty handed and the MRSA is spreading.

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Nurses say 'why bother?'
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply May 4, 2006 at 15:58
Started May 4, 2006 at 15:40
A study of senior staff nurses' perceptions about MRSA.
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Nurs Times. 2006 Apr 11-17 ; 102(15): 32-5

AIM: To examine the extent to which staff nurses feel that MRSA is out of control and that any attempts by them to control it are unnecessary. METHOD: A qualitative research paradigm with semi-structured interviews to examine the perceptions, attitudes and beliefs of 10 senior staff nurses. RESULTS: In the study, 60% of participants believe that MRSA is out of control and state 'why should they bother worrying about it'. Furthermore, 80% of participants commented that prescribed courses of nasal mupirocin were frequently missed. The perception is that IV treatments were more important and effective than topical agents. CONCLUSION: The study has established that a small section of experienced staff nurses perceive MRSA to be out of control and they are not overly concerned about its management.

ht... read more

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Blair lives in cuckoo land !
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 4, 2006 at 14:06
Started April 18, 2006 at 16:22
PM tells health staff to 'hold nerve' for NHS
TONY BLAIR today told doctors, nurses, managers and health service workers to hold their nerve and build a new NHS "for 2008 not for 1948".

The Prime Minister dismissed claims that the service was in crisis and said that while there were problems they could be solved.

He said he would not back down from his plans to modernise the National Health Service, despite crippling financial debts leading to job losses at local level.

Mr Blair told an audience of health service professionals that some people - including the "Doctors for Reform" group - said he was not going far enough.

He said: "The NHS is an important British institution. But it will not be preserved by neglect. It will survive and prosper if it changes as the population it serves changes.

"There is no need at all to revisit the way we fund the service. Progressive taxation preserves equity, which is the reason the NHS has retained the affection of the people... read more

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ignorance
Posted by peter saunders
Last Reply May 4, 2006 at 14:01
Started April 22, 2006 at 17:54
can anyone tell me if it is true that infection can last for a lifetime
Many thanks

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breaching NHS complaints procedures
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 4, 2006 at 13:58
Started May 4, 2006 at 13:58
i have been asked to compile a list of trusts breaching core standards of the NHS complaints procedure policy ~ it quite clearly states that you cannot use PALS and the COMPLAINTS procedure AT THE SAME TIME about the same concern
PENNINE TRUST breach this because the complaints manager is also the PPI manager and the PALS manager
i know Frimley Park Hospital are also in breach
i would like to hear from anyone at any other trusts who feel their complaint is not being handled properly ~ you should not be being dealt with by PALS once a formal complaint has been lodged you should only be being dealt with by the complaints dept and they should also have a complaints manager who has nothing to do with PALS
please add the hospital/trust name to this list or email me on info@mrsaactionuk.com
thanks for your help on this ~



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Going into Care with MRSA
Posted by Jane
Last Reply May 4, 2006 at 12:27
Started May 4, 2006 at 10:31
My 84 year old mother had emergency surgery 4 weeks ago which has resulted in her having a colostomy. She has also been diagnosed with MRSA initially on her skin but also in the wound and stoma. Although she is still testing positive on all these sites the hospital say she is OK to go home. She has recovered well from the surgery but is not quite strong enough to return, on her own, to her flat. Her main need relates to getting accustomed to changing the bag rather than being ill, although she is still a little weak. The hospital has suggested she could go into a care home for a while. Does anyone have any experience of whether a care home would take her with MRSA? She is still in isolation in the hospital and there seems little point in her paying to go into care (she does not qualify for free care) if the home will insist she should still be in isolation. I am surprised that while she still has MRSA particularly in the wound/stoma she does not need to be in hospital.

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Information access
Posted by Chris
Last Reply May 3, 2006 at 07:40
Started May 2, 2006 at 23:13
Hi all Thanks to all of you for your previous replies it helps not to feel alone battling with the hospital! I finally got an appointment with a doctor yesterday, I was told to wait in a side room and he would speak to me after his round. The doctor entered the room sat down and really defensively ask well what do you want to know. He addressed me as though i was thick but to cut it short he told me that i had nothing to worry about and was very blase. He could not tell me why i hadnt been told or why i or my dad were not entitled to see his notes,he said we would have to write to the hospitals solictors to see the notes and when i quoted patients rights act he said all trusts were different and nobody had asked him for paients files before on the icu. I find this hard to believe. I pointed out all the short fallings of the staff and that on leaving the ward the previous evening the hand cleaning bottle was empty and when i went to use it at 10.30 the followong day the bottle w... read more

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mrsa
Posted by A.Mall
Last Reply May 3, 2006 at 07:40
Started October 25, 2005 at 11:31
Irecieved a copy of hospital policies the does n donts on treating patients how to give medication ect. going by the papers i can honestly say there was a breech of conduct towards my mums care. Im waing to go to hospital for an operation and i am terrified with mrsa lurking in the shadows, Some people will think im being paranoid but truly when i wached my mum die of mrsa its really scary,i think hospitals who employ cleaners should be given training of some sort,it could well save lives if they are checked before given the job.

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mrsa - haven't a clue how I got it!!!
Posted by evie
Last Reply May 3, 2006
Started May 3, 2006
I have MRSA, although, it sort of goes in remission and I can have a break from the symptoms for a while, then it will suddenly flare up again. I haven't had an operation, or even been in hospital. However, I came back from holiday abroad with an ear infection which wouldn't clear up, 18 months later MRSA was diagnosed. I need to know if am I in danger of contaminating others, apart from total isolation, how can I be sure that I won't do so.
Also, are there specialists with regard to this area? because the only ones I have seen are related to ear infections.

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IT MAKES ME SO MAD !!
Posted by Rachel
Last Reply May 2, 2006 at 22:09
Started February 23, 2006 at 20:54
You might have read my post the other day about me discovering that my four year old daughter has got MRSA . Well obviously i have been searching the net for information as the doctor seemed very unsure and quite frankly not that bothered , although i am due to go back tomorrow to ask more questions . All the stuff i have read on here and other sites is fantastic but there seems to be no proper guide lines. The information from the goverment is rubbish. There seems to be so many un answered questions !! Everyone on this site has a different story to tell , but we all have frustions and questions ! Why does the goverment/NHS not care ??? IT MAKES ME SO MAD !!!! I know you probably all agree with me but i just wanted to vent my anger. Thanks. X

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