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MRSA Urinary Tract
Posted by Tracy
Last Reply May 2, 2006 at 20:16
Started May 2, 2006 at 20:16
My father suffered acute renal failure in November 2005, mainly due to the fact that he had ignored signs of illness for such a long time (having never been to the doctors in over 40 years)! He's always been a very strong man and didn't take well to being ill. His kidney function was 1400 - its now down to just over 300, but has taken this long and is probably going to end up in him having dialysis at some point in the future. As a result of the kidney failure, he has had an enlarged prostate, which has been operated on and also polyps removed from the large and small intestine. He is contstantly monitored; blood tests every two weeks and routine visits to each specialist. He has had a swelling to one of his testicles for months now, with no explanation from anyone as to what it might be. He has been short of breath again for a few weeks now, and this culminated in him collapsing on Friday morning. He was admitted to hospital where routing blood and urine tests were carried o... read more

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patient information
Posted by chris
Last Reply May 2, 2006 at 14:17
Started April 30, 2006 at 23:53
hi can anyone tell me if there is any reason for ward staff to tell me that i am not allowed to read my dads hospital notes. I am down as his next of kin and he is on an icu. He has been on a ventilator for two weeks and i olny found out yesterday by reading his notes, which at that point were next to his bed, that he tested positive for mrsa. This was not mentioned to me even though i asked if he had any further infections. Today they told me that his notes were for their reference only and even my dad is not entitled to see them. I would not have found out about the mrsa unless i read his notes and the ward nurse said she did not know the proceedure for family reading notes as no one had asked for them before! After pushing her was finally told he had mrsa and that it had spread. Today was the first time a barrier nursing note had been put on his bed even though they have been treating him since thursday, however gloves were still not worn whilst changing the tube in his nec... read more

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IS THIS A COVER-UP...
Posted by Dave
Last Reply May 2, 2006 at 02:52
Started August 1, 2005 at 23:25
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/4736483.stm

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CLEAN YOUR HANDS CAMPAIGN
Posted by Maria
Last Reply May 2, 2006 at 01:39
Started July 24, 2005 at 14:01
A six month pilot exercise which tested implementation of the National Patient Safety Agency toolkit in six acute trusts has recently been completed. The report (NPSA 2004) into the evaluation is available from www.npsa.nhs/cleanyourhands

This was a well publicised study. The whole report is an eye-opener, see some of the patients comments. Page 81 shows a table of compliance with handwashing. The most statistically reliable data is for the month of December 2003, only 70% of healthcare workers complied with handwashing, REMEMBER PARTICIPANTS KNEW THEY WERE BEING OBSERVED.


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information re mrsa
Posted by chris
Last Reply April 30, 2006 at 23:57
Started April 30, 2006 at 23:57
Hi wrote this in the wrong place last night so have just copied on to new post. Have put another new one on today aswell.Hi I have just got home after visiting my dad in ICU he is on a ventilator and been under sedation for two weeks now. In the last two days he seemed to be picking up and the sedation has been lowered I always ask the nurses how the treatment is going if there are any new infections etc and i have been told that everything is going in the right direction however he ie still extremely ill. I read his notes tonight and he has been tested positive for MRSA in his nose, nothing was mentioned about this and when i questioned the nurse she said it was nothing to worry about and they were doing further tests, should i have been informed and should they be treating the MRSA already found?



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welsh stats
Posted by Bev
Last Reply April 28, 2006 at 16:56
Started April 28, 2006 at 16:56
'Stay calm over new superbug figures' Apr 28 2006




icWales


HEALTH experts urged patients not to panic over superbugs such as MRSA as hospital infection rates were published today.

Data about the number of infections detected by Welsh NHS Trusts have been made available to the public for the first time, and are accessible on a website.

But officials said people could not use the information to compare hospitalsí cleanliness because it did not show where the infections were picked up. They may have been brought on to the ward by patients, but only detected after they were admitted.

Dr Eleri Davies, of the National Public Health Service Wales, said: ďI donít think there is need for excessive concern.

ďThat isnít to say that we donít think that Healthcare Associated Infection is important (HCAI)


ďIt shouldnít blight peopleís experience of the health services that the first thing they think about is, ĎIím going to hospital, Iím going to get an HCAI.í
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dont know what to expect
Posted by Ronda Loftin
Last Reply April 27, 2006 at 18:05
Started April 27, 2006 at 18:05
My 14 year old daughter contacted MRSA from swimming in a lake nearby. There were 5 kids who swam to an island. The water is down recently and they all 5 have contacted pimple like bumps and several of them have knots under their arms. Also they all have places that look like chigger bites scattered over their bodies. A few have systys here & there.
I do not know what to expect. She is on Bactrin. Will the chigger like places go away without becoming infected on the outside. What about the syst areas?

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mrsa
Posted by wendy
Last Reply April 27, 2006 at 17:34
Started April 27, 2006 at 17:34
Hello Everyone. I have recently been diagnosed with MRSA and I have a lot of questions. I seem to be getting nowhere with my doctors. My primary care doctor didn't know what was going on so he sent me to an Ifectious diseaes doctor who confirmed I did in fact have MRSA however can't seem to understand why, treated me with an antibiotic (can't rememebr the name but it made my urine very orange) did some blood work and sent me on my way.. I thought it must be gone then and I am cured??? Well not after reading more on the subject to try and figure out what is wrong with my health. Now I am just terrified as a divorced mom with 4 kids and may be facing surgey for a hysterectomy, what do I do??? Where do I turn for answers my doctors seem to know very little about this. I have been continuelly having health problems, boils (that I never had in my life before)stomach pain, hair falling out... the list goes on. I am only 42 and tired of feeling like I am closer to 80. Please an... read more

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pregnancy and mrsa
Posted by lou
Last Reply April 26, 2006 at 16:35
Started April 26, 2006 at 16:18
could anyone help. i have to be tested for mrsa as my grandfather has it and i was wondering if anyone could tell me what it involves and if i do have it what would the treatment be? thanks

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dirty hospitals.
Posted by lou
Last Reply April 26, 2006 at 16:33
Started April 26, 2006 at 16:29
my grandfather had to go in to hospital last year because his legs become blocked they decided to take the bottom half of his leg off. when he got there he was tested for mrsa. he was clear. after he had it done he was fine for a bit , then they told him he had a mild infection but nothing to wory about , then they sent him to another hospital where you get better. when he was there he become really ill so they sent him back to the royal gwent and when he got back there they diagnosed him with mrsa. They then had to take most of his remaning stump away because it had become so ravedged with the disease. We are nearly a year on and he is home but still has the infection and has his leg dressed three times a week and has had three lots of antibiotics which have done no good what so ever. He has just come back out of hospital after another week to have it clened and he now has a big hole in which has to be packed every day... I just can not belive the way he has been treated and left.

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Cure
Posted by Mel
Last Reply April 26, 2006 at 11:43
Started April 26, 2006 at 06:00
I want to know if they have yet found a cure for the non deadly forms of MSRA such as the skin MSRA? And if so what is it and does it cure it forever?

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being with patients programme
Posted by Bev
Last Reply April 25, 2006 at 11:09
Started April 25, 2006 at 11:09
heres the latest initiative ~ East Lancs Trust are paying £45,000 to a west yorkshire based theatre group called Cragrats so that Managers at Burnley can be 'taught' how to be more caring with patients !!!

NHS trusts in 1995 employed 20,842 managers this rose in 2005 to 39,391 a total of 1,665 were employed from 2004 - 2005

now you tell me where the deficit is being spent ! i think we all know the answer and its not the same answer as the Blair witch programme !

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mrsa and mssa is there a difference?
Posted by nicci
Last Reply April 24, 2006 at 21:06
Started April 24, 2006 at 18:40
to cut a long story short my hubby had a major car accident last august and completley shattered left side of his body, but they repaired it all by putting in metal plates and pins etc...The main injury was the elbow, he no longer has one due to the extent of damage, but they put in some sort of linkage that did seam to be working until october when he got the dreaded infection. All the metal had to come out and we were told once the infection had cleared they would put it back in. Since then almost seven months later all weve heard is they cant put the metal back in because of the infection.So my hubby is now left with an arm that is not much good to him really.We kept getting told that the infection came through the accident. And then last week there was a conference held for my hubby to show all the doctors his arm and to discuss our options and it was there we found out the name of the infection was either mrsa or mssa, didnt quite catch which one.Now although my hubbys arm was ... read more

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Swimming Pools
Posted by Aoife Langton
Last Reply April 24, 2006 at 16:53
Started April 24, 2006 at 16:53
I previously asked about MRSA and Hydrotherapy pools but there was no response. Just wondering about swimming pools in general any guidelines???

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Blair admits wrong
Posted by Bev
Last Reply April 24, 2006 at 12:59
Started April 23, 2006 at 12:52
on thursday at the ministerial committee on NHS reform of which blair is chair they admitted they will fail on 11 of the 26 key health targets ~ combatting MRSA and reducing waiting times for cancer patients are amongst these failed targets !!

this dire situation will force Pat Hewitt to launch a new attempt to shore up public confidence in the NHS before next moths local elections ~ hospitals are also being encouraged to delay news of job losses until after the elections

so when you hear Blair and his cronies spouting they are securing measures to ensure the long term future of the NHS you will all know its complete and utter Rubbish !!

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is mrsa hospital aquired
Posted by dave
Last Reply April 24, 2006 at 07:21
Started May 6, 2005 at 20:26
do hospitals screen new admissions.?is it possible that surgical patients already have it and it has proven harmless until a surgical wound is created.?are we paying for years of over prescribed antibiotics which have made our sa become mrsa.?if so then all the cleaning in the world is not going to effect mrsa incideence.treating mrsa diagnosed before admission ,but at that time assymptomatic,may be the best way to reduce the number of cases.

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might have to go back into hospital agian
Posted by sharron
Last Reply April 23, 2006 at 14:45
Started April 22, 2006 at 11:56
hi there guys
sorry i havent been on the forum for a while but had a lot to do until last week i think my band has slipped and waiting on the hospital to contact me to go back in again i think its because i have been going to the gym but the doctor said no he thinks its because i have been sick maybe 4 to 5 times a day because my food does not go down so the band might have slipped that way i am sick with worry that they will keep me in again or take the whole thing out and start again but heres hopeing. well how are you bev mavis and linda and phip hope yous are keeping well and how are you linda hope you are trying to get back to normal well you now what i mean well guys six and a half stone just 2 and a half more and am there talk to yous very soon and will let yous no how i get on hopfully monday or tuesday
best wishes
sharron xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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mrsa nhs re goverment claims held back
Posted by ann
Last Reply April 22, 2006 at 17:25
Started March 25, 2006 at 16:03
i've been with my lawyer for 3yrs.now,and i have to let you know what the goverment and nhs are doing,as you may know you only get 3yrs.to claim negligence,my lawyer got a few extra months from the legal aid board but the hospitals are making the claims last as long as possible,this to me sounds like they are doing it delibretly in doing so they are denying liability to people,even though we know mrsa killed my mum,and a lot more people will run into this kind of action,so my advise to all is make sure you get your lawyer to act asap so you dont run out of time,to me this is cold calous and deceptive for all who are claiming against the nhs,we know they hid the truth about mrsa for yrs.now they're playing it dirty knowing all to well that we are only allocated a time limit on the claims,dont let them put you of by denying liability go to court if you have to its time they all paid for the people who died or are severly ill with mrsa,i've written to tony blair and the scottish goverm... read more

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Posted in MSRA USA
Posted by Caroline
Last Reply April 22, 2006 at 05:32
Started March 20, 2006 at 01:05
I posted the ftwo following in the USA section, but didn't really get any relevant replies. I'm posting here too in case someone in this one can help.

POST #:
My husband tested positive for MRSA in his sputum on Wednesday, after being in hospital for 8 days. Also has pseudomonas. Has asthma, bronchiectasis. Was in hospital for the asthma. They started Vancomycin and Tiazamin (or something like that) on Wednesday night. He's in isolation. His GP says it's "not medically dangerous and is being treated" but reading some stuff makes me afraid. Is it really not dangerous if it's in his sputum, therefore lungs? Any advice? Questions I should ask or things I should insist on? BTW, he's 37 years old. Thanks.

POST #2:
Thanks for the replies to my MSRA in sputum post. My husband doesn't have any of the symptoms you describe. He hasn't had surgery and he doesn't have boils. That's why I was asking about it being positive in the sputum. He's been on Vancomycin Q12h for 7 days. He has ... read more

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dry swab of
Posted by rae
Last Reply April 22, 2006
Started April 22, 2006
I first had problems with boils in 2003 - I was treated for staph (on visual examination) with flucloxicillin.

Recently the boils reappeared, but when I went for my exam, they hadn't come to a head. A dry swab of the skin was taken. I'm going to review results on Monday, but somehow doubt that the test will yield a meaningful result. Any thoughts on this? I'd like to not be inundated with antibiotics that don't work.

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