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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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Posted by Josephine Ford
Last Reply April 14, 2006 at 06:52
Started April 14, 2006 at 06:52
Is it normal to remove a leg when the MRSA has been located in a wound on the buttock. My husband is a paraplegic & has been for 35 years. Never during this time has he had bed sores. Last April he bumped his butt on the arm of his wheelchair. This caused a small bruise, he treated it but it started getting bigger, so he went to the local wound care center. They had him come in once each week, they would clean it and bandage it back up; they never gave him any medication to take. After months of this process the wound continued to enlarge. He was finally operated on and a flap was placed over the area. Again he was never given any medications. He was moved to a Speciality hospital to recover. The wound started to improve and he was sent home. They had someone come in every other day to change his bandages. Unfortunly the wound opened up in a area just below the original place. When he went back to see the Dr. that did the operation, the Dr. walked into the room, looked at h... read more

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cure mrsa dont take in what you read or hear.
Posted by ann
Last Reply April 13, 2006 at 17:32
Started March 5, 2006 at 14:18
so far i've counted about 5 cures for mrsa if there was one dont you think we would want proof before jumping with joy,we are still reading of people suffering severely and or death,i'd be happy for all the ones who are still really ill.even for the people we've lost i'd be over the moon so no one has to go through what most of us have looeing my mum its going to take a lot to prove a cure is at hand,like bev,sharron moya phip and myself would be the first to say it really works,so please dont take in all you read or hear until we know for certain.ann edinburgh.

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pennine trust
Posted by Bev
Last Reply April 13, 2006 at 14:42
Started April 13, 2006 at 14:41
Health chief gets 475,000 pay-off
Amanda Crook

WINDFALL: Chris Appleby.A HEALTH chief who agreed to quit after pressure from Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt is to receive a payout of almost half a million pounds.

Chris Appleby, chief executive of Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust - which runs hospitals in Oldham, Rochdale, Bury and North Manchester - announced in February he would leave once a consultation on services had been completed.

He had been under pressure to go since the trust's medics held a vote of no confidence into his management last summer. His leadership style had been criticised in an independent probe and local MPs even appealed to Ms Hewitt to intervene.

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Now Mr Appleby will leave the trust next month and his retirement will cost them 475,000, including pension payments. In a statement, the trust said: "Mr Appleby's decision to take early retirement has been agreed by the trust."

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Posted by Graham Robinson
Last Reply April 13, 2006 at 12:58
Started April 13, 2006 at 12:39
My father was admitted to hospital with a chest infection and emphasemia [lung disease]. He has been in hospital for nearly three weeks and has been on/off a ventilator to help his breathing. Yesterday he was diagnosed with MRSA, but not "infected". What questions should I ask the hospital and what treatment should he be getting and when??

Thanks for your help.

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UK based Clostridium difficile website
Posted by mark k
Last Reply April 12, 2006 at 18:15
Started April 12, 2006 at 18:15
I have set up a UK based website and support group for all matters related to Clostridium difficile. The site includes a discussion forum so please feel free to participate.

It can be located at

Please pardon our appearance during this startup period.

Thanks for your support,

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Healthcare Commission Consultation
Posted by http://www.healthcarecomm
Last Reply April 12, 2006 at 07:43
Started April 11, 2006 at 21:18
MRSA Support and MRSA Action UK have a stake in this and need to visit this site to download the consultation on the components of the Annual Healthcheck. This affects members of both groups and is a valuable opportunity to be involved.

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Is this serious ?
Posted by Jay Krishna
Last Reply April 11, 2006 at 21:01
Started April 11, 2006 at 21:01

My 8 year old son was swabbed in the nose recently and the report says he is carrying
1. Abundant Staph. Aureus that is resistant to Clindamycin, Erythromycin and Penicillin. Is this an MRSA ?

2. He also has some Staph Epidermidis in the nose that is resistant to the above same antibiotics. I understand this is biofilm forming.

He has constant GI issues (ever since he was born) and I suspect these staph could be playing a role as I carry the Staph Epidermidis and my husband carries the other Staph Aureus also resistant to the same antibiotics.

Thanks for any input or comments

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Posted by Alastair
Last Reply April 10, 2006 at 20:36
Started April 10, 2006 at 20:36
Message for Ruth Wollacott.

Hi Ruth,

We spoke around a year ago about a project I was working on. I was wondering if you could call me as I am working on something else that you may be interested in.

Thank you

Alastair McAlpine

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Posted by jim
Last Reply April 9, 2006 at 23:46
Started April 9, 2006 at 23:46
how much more serious is having mrsa than staph infection after ortho surgery? and is the only differance the type of antibiotics needed to be used?whats the long term affects?

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Too clean?
Posted by Diane
Last Reply April 9, 2006 at 19:53
Started April 6, 2006 at 10:23
The Japanese must be the most hygienic people on the planet. They go in for antibacterial products in a big way (phones, pens, you name it), wear little face-masks when they have a cold to protect others and, of course, leave their shoes at the threshhold so they don't tread dirt into the house.
Yet, according to the newsletter published here, 70% of hospital patients develop MRSA. This suggests that, however vigilant we have to be once MRSA is detected, one reason we are getting it so easily in the first place is that we have not built up a resistance to germs.
Just an idea!

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dress ties, mrsa associated
Posted by Rafael
Last Reply April 8, 2006 at 14:54
Started April 8, 2006 at 14:54
does any one know the association, and clinical documentation with the CDC between dress ties and bacterial infection transmission?

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Not informed
Posted by Dreckers
Last Reply April 8, 2006 at 12:42
Started October 31, 2005 at 13:26
I have a 2 1/2 year old son who had to go into hospital for an eye infection last week. During this visit we were told that when he was in the hospital when he was 6 days old he was tested for MRSA and the test was positive. We were not informed by the hospital of this at the time. Surely this is totally against all protocols put in place??

Also my wife is a teacher and this must have some effect on how she should handle situations with other kids at the school?

Any advice would be good?

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clean hands but still fail to wash them
Posted by jill
Last Reply April 7, 2006 at 22:36
Started April 7, 2006 at 22:25
I was in hospital the other day and the staff let people in to the wards and they don't even ask them to wash there hands there's signs everywhere and they still ignore them ,the heath system is failing us all ,if only people washed there hands it would make a big impact,and it may be would be a little safer ,

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northwest deficit
Posted by Bev
Last Reply April 7, 2006 at 19:15
Started April 4, 2006 at 13:44
just caught a news bulletin that stated that the hospitals in the northwest region are struggling with a deficit of 85 million pounds ~ amongst which are East lancs trust with 11 million and southport/Ormskirk 10 million they all state they cannot possibly make any more efficiancy savings without affecting patient care
Patricia Hewits take on it ~ this affects less than 1% of the NHS budget and patient care is not being affected we are pouring more money than ever into the NHS and we have more staf employed than ever before ~ what she omits to say is yes they are pouring more money than ever into the managers for managers pockets not ground level staff where IT SHOULD BE GOING
closing wards~ cutting ground level staff ~ and this is not going to affect patient care ? ~ doctors/nurses/other healthcare workers are all crying out against this yet as ever the ministers cannot see the wood for the trees and as ever cannot wake up and smell the coffee

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oldham hospital
Posted by Bev
Last Reply April 7, 2006 at 13:53
Started April 7, 2006 at 13:46
New bug stars in radio soap
Roland Hancock

A NEW bug born in Oldham is sweeping hospital wards across the country. But this "super" bug is the star of a new radio soap opera.

And "Billy the Bug" is helping keep the potentially deadly MRSA virus away from hospital wards.

The microscopic marvel has already featured in four short plays for Oldham's Radio Cavell, which broadcasts to hospitals in north east Manchester. And his adventures, trying to "visit" a hospital ward, will soon be heard at a further 61 hospital radio stations nationwide.

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Billy was the idea of Radio Cavell's Dave McGealy, who also provides the voice of the manic creation.

He said: "Billy is just a humorous way to remind people to take care on the wards.

"Hopefully his escapades are fun as well as informative."

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