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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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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,and i have to let you know what the goverment and nhs are doing,as you may know you only get 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 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.

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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International Podcast
Posted by Rob
Last Reply April 21, 2006 at 16:58
Started April 14, 2006 at 10:59
The Bella Moss Foundation is scheduled to participate in an international podcast hosted in the USA, and a proportion of the admission fee will be donated to The Foundation.

During the International Podcasting Expo's Podcasting Marathon Kim Bloomer (Official US Representative of The Bella Moss Foundation) and Jeannie Thomason, will invite listeners to ask questions and share their own pet stories. Foundation President and Founder, Jill Moss, will be discussing the mission of The Foundation, which is to educate pet owners on the dangers of MRSA in pets, how to protect their pets, and the need to bring change to veterinary protocol.

To listen to the podcast and donate to The Bella Moss Foundation go to and click on the International Podcasting Expo banner you see there under the photo in the left sidebar. That will bring you the page on the website. Scroll down unt... read more

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Last Reply April 20, 2006 at 20:01
Started April 20, 2006 at 19:14
I contracted MRSA and C Diff in King George Hospital, Goodmayes, Essex, in May 2002. After several useless operations the hospital told me I'd have to go off and live with it in my spine. Luckily I found a spinal centre in Oxford which eradicated (hopefully) the MRSA, and I am so grateful to the dedicated doctors and nursing staff at the Nuffield NHS Hospital.
But as a result of the filthy practices at King George, my husband and I have become fanatical about hand hygiene by medical staff.
Staff at Oldchurch Hospital in Romford, part of the same NHS Trust as King George, always had to be argued with to get them to wear gloves when we had to have our many blood tests. Even then they would invariably remove them part-way through the blood-taking, claiming that they were unable to feel our veins.
My husband became so fed up with this that he wrote to the Chief Executive Officer of the Trust,stating that it was against their own hospital policy when handling bodily fluids for the t... read more

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A dirty weekend in hospital
Posted by tom
Last Reply April 18, 2006 at 21:35
Started January 16, 2006 at 20:40
I hope that as many people as possible will be able to watch this programme. It goes on air this thursday on BBC Three @ 10.30p.m. We will try and get a copy of the programme made up for those that cannot receive digital /sky TV. This programme was filmed last August when we went under cover cleaning hop[sitlas up & down the country. Please reply to

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Possible MRSA skin infection
Posted by Jan
Last Reply April 17, 2006 at 18:59
Started April 17, 2006 at 17:54
I didn't receive any replies to my 6-year-old with recurring impetigo, which really scares me now. It is a recurring skin infection that looks like bugs bites. I can't send her to school with it, which means I can't go to work. She's had it since February.

I keep reading about using a Hibiscrub to help rid any colonization. Can anyone give me any recommendations on where I can find this or some other bath soap that will work. Also, are there any types of carpet and upholstry shampoos that will help disinfect?

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To Mary McGreehan
Posted by Derek Butler
Last Reply April 16, 2006 at 22:28
Started April 5, 2006 at 20:32
Originally posted by mary mcgreehan on April 3, 2006, but removed

i would anxiously like to know how long mrsa lives on contaminated items as my nephew who is a toddler with cf has been conlinised with mrsa in nose throat and skin. he has been treated but his mother is anxious to prevent reinfection. i was speaking to a microbiologist and infection control team but they could not tell me.


Dear Mary

Sorry it would seem that your original posting and my reply has been removed for some reason. This is the reply I gave originally.

With regard to MRSA and how long it can live on contaminated items most microbiologists differ in their assessment of how long it can survive on inanimate objects. They say it can be anything from a few days to a few months. In answer to you asking about blankets this will depend on how many skin cells are shed by the body. In most cases a large adult obviously will shed more skin cells than a child, but as a precaution it i... read more

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Posted by Jamie
Last Reply April 15, 2006 at 14:49
Started April 15, 2006 at 14:49
I was recently diagnosed with mrsa in late January, and was in the hospital for 9 days on vancomycin,and had an Incision and Drainage on my inner thigh. Now I have another large sore infected with mrsa above my vagina area. Are these infections ever going to stop? I want to have kids in the near future possibly in a year. Will I be able to get pregnant? and will the baby survive? what might be the outcome?

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Treatment (and lack thereof)
Posted by Mandy Smith
Last Reply April 15, 2006 at 09:31
Started April 9, 2006 at 02:28
Hi Everybody

I have an MRSA infection in my sinuses, and have had for just about a year now.

I caught MRSA when my father in law had a stroke last January and I spent 4 months living in the Neurological Unit at Addenbrookes.

I am under the care of the National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital in London. Since last April I've had umpteen courses of antibiotics (no vancomycin) and an operation to wash my sinuses out last November. None of these measures have cured my MRSA sinusitis.

Nobody in the medical profession I am dealing with (my GP and the hospital bods) seem to be too concerned about the infection, or have any ideas on how to treat it.

I'm feeling pretty lousy (andybody who's had sinus infections will know what i mean!) after a year of fighting these infections, and wondered if there's anything I could suggest/ask for from my doctors.

As well as feeling rough, I've not seen my family for over a year, as my mum has had 2 bouts of serious surgery this year (and is... read more

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Posted by nicci
Last Reply April 14, 2006 at 15:14
Started April 13, 2006 at 23:53
HI I wondered if anyone could explain the difference between MRSA & MSSA Plese ?

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