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MRSA Screening
Posted by Phip
Last Reply April 6, 2006 at 16:49
Started January 29, 2006 at 22:27
This is fabulous news - the first hospital in England to plan routine screening of all admissions. They estimate a reduction of 70% in infection rates and savings of 400k annually.

Lets hope others follow suit.

http://www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/01/23/nmrsa23.xml

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Thanks to all !!
Posted by Scott
Last Reply April 6, 2006 at 16:45
Started March 28, 2006 at 18:38
Sorry i aint been on for while guys or got back to anyone it's just been one operation after another...mrsa nearly gone then back then gone then back you know the score.

I go into hospital tomorrow for my plastic surgery on thursday, i've also got mrsa in surgical wound in my leg.......bah humbug.


Anyway i'll let you know how i get on and thanks to those that left messages on the website and those who spoke to my sister recently.....i guess i've been in denial about the mrsa...anyway Glasgow Royal her i come :-)


scotty.

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From BBC website....
Posted by Phip
Last Reply April 6, 2006 at 16:39
Started March 30, 2006 at 23:05
Boost for 'superbug' drugs race

The drugs could be combating the likes of MRSA within five years
Scientists are claiming a major breakthrough in tackling drug-resistant "superbugs" such as MRSA.
Researchers at the John Innes Centre (JIC) at Colney in Norfolk say they have used natural bacteria living in soil to attack and kill the infections.

The team "persuaded" the Streptomyces to make potentially more effective antibiotics, hopefully capable of killing some of the lethal superbugs.

They hope the research will help to develop urgently-needed new drugs.

Researchers said the discovery would allow scientists to forge ahead in the race to develop antibiotics to fight hospital acquired infections.

The drugs could be available in five to 10 years.

'Designer antibiotics'

Team leader Prof Tony Maxwell said the researchers studied two natural variations of antibiotics produced by Streptomyces, a harmless type of soil bacteria.

The JIC breakthrough was... read more

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Boost for 'superbug' drugs race
Posted by Boost for 'superbug' drug
Last Reply April 6, 2006 at 16:26
Started March 31, 2006 at 18:20
Scientists are claiming a major breakthrough in tackling drug-resistant "superbugs" such as MRSA.
Researchers at the John Innes Centre (JIC) at Colney in Norfolk say they have used natural bacteria living in soil to attack and kill the infections.

The team "persuaded" the Streptomyces to make potentially more effective antibiotics, hopefully capable of killing some of the lethal superbugs.

They hope the research will help to develop urgently-needed new drugs.

Researchers said the discovery would allow scientists to forge ahead in the race to develop antibiotics to fight hospital acquired infections.

The drugs could be available in five to 10 years.

'Designer antibiotics'

Team leader Prof Tony Maxwell said the researchers studied two natural variations of antibiotics produced by Streptomyces, a harmless type of soil bacteria.

The JIC breakthrough was pinpointing the parts of the molecules that drive the anti-bacterial action.

By adapting these parts ... read more

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claim lost over mums mums mrsa
Posted by ann
Last Reply April 6, 2006 at 16:17
Started April 6, 2006 at 16:17
hi all,bev,phip,thats the legal aid finished for mums case after dying from mrsa,although my lawyer thinks its all wrong our time has elapsed in claiming now,we know mum was 74 but does that mean the nhs can just brush aside people of that age,or as i say any age.i am in the middle of getting a newspaper to print the story,of what has happened,not just to me but all the people still suffering from this mrsa superbug,all i can say is [dont give up i may have been beaten but don't let the nhs re goverment away with losing your battle]the good thing is i've learnt a lot by all this even when it comes to claiming also mrsa itself so if i can help anyone please ask,never mind bev,i got the satisfaction of knowing mum did'nt die for nothing as you have lost your mum.the nhs totally denied liability to mums death they said she peacefully died in her sleep,[THEY DID'NT SAY WITH THE HELP OF A MORPHINE PUMP IN HER]is that meant to make us feel better,i think not,as i've said on this forum i'... read more

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Should I be concerned?
Posted by Gemma
Last Reply April 6, 2006 at 15:58
Started March 30, 2006 at 19:35
I had ankle surgery in February. I spent a week next to a lady who was all of a sudden told she could go home & rushed out in a day. Minutes after she left one of the nurses came & told me & the woman opposite that the lady had been diagnosed with MRSA in her wound. And because we had been so close to the MRSA case we would have to be re screened. Both the lady opposite & I had been told we "might" be ready to go home on the Monday. However suddenly the following morning, Thursday, we were suddenly discharged. When I asked if it was because of the MRSA I was told not to be stupid, it wasn't like I had been licking #####'s wound. ( so that is how it is contracted hey!) Well I was very angry. I was happy to go home but I felt we were being lied to. Several phone calls later I was finaly told that my MRSA test was negative, as was my friend opposite. Well now my friend has been readdmited with an infection, I havent been able to find out if its MRSA yet. I am still laid up & my ankle i... read more

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search and destroy
Posted by Bev
Last Reply April 6, 2006 at 14:52
Started April 6, 2006 at 08:56
Strict 'Search and Destroy' Program Effective Against MRSA in the Netherlands: Presented at ECCMID
By Chris Berrie

NICE, FRANCE -- April 5, 2006 -- The handling of a large outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and the measures taken to control it demonstrate that the strict 'search-and-destroy' policy in the Netherlands is indeed effective, according to a hospital-based, retrospective, observational analysis.

Marijke van Trijp, MD, PhD, medical microbiologist, Laboratory of Medical Microbiology, Rijnmond Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, presented her analysis of the program's efficacy here at the 16th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID).

With its strict search-and-destroy policy, the Netherlands has become one of the lowest prevalence areas for MRSA, at approximately 1%, Dr. van Trijp said. However, she indicated, there remains much debate relating to this policy, as it is labor-intensive and costl... read more

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Advise about visiting relatives please
Posted by Jet
Last Reply April 5, 2006 at 17:57
Started April 5, 2006 at 14:54
Hi everyone,

Have posted elsewhere that mum has had an MRSA infection on her foot for approx 6 months. Have just started using Acticoat dressings and it seems to finally be improving. The wound is always covered and dressed - she has to wear support tubigrips all the time anyway, so just another layer really.

My question is, she desperately wants to visit her mother, who is in a nursing home with advanced Alzheimer's disease, but is concerned about passing on any infection to obviously vulnerable people. Mum is so very down about not being able to visit, so I wondered if anyone knew whether it would be advisable to still keep away, or whether it would be safe to visit.

Any help would be most appreciated. Thank you.

Jet

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c-section-mrsa
Posted by amber
Last Reply April 5, 2006 at 07:47
Started March 26, 2006 at 08:34
Ive posted my worries on other sites, but thought idvpost again..here goes:I posted my concern on here awhile back, Im due for my c-section next week..Im scared so badly that something will happen.I know its all the sad stories I read, but then I also realize its serious..I was dianosed 1 1/2 yr ago..its ca-mrsa , had a spider bite on my leg that got as big as a baseball..hurt so bad, i finally broke down and went to the dr. He drained it, and told me he was swabbing it and id have the results in 2 days. When the results came back, it was MRSA. Well 6 months later had another bump right across from where the other was..same thing, lanced, drained, and packed..sent home on bactrim(sp) antibioctics.. Well now im just real afraid what could go on after my c-section. My dr knows about the mrsa, she says she will take all precautions, and if she even suspects an infection, the antibioctics(sp0 will be given..also says that the bactro cream will help me incision heal.
Should I worry... read more

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Antibiotics by I.V.
Posted by Diane
Last Reply April 3, 2006 at 19:35
Started April 3, 2006 at 19:35
Has anyone had antibiotics for MRSA given intravenously? I may have to if my current antibiotics don't work. I don't feel too bad, just slightly feverish and on the verge of having flu all the time, but would I just be lying on a hospital bed all day for weeks or months? Does the tube come out to let you walk around, take a shower, etc? Or would the antibiotics make me feel so ill I wouldn't be able to anyway?
I would really appreciate any info on this.

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MRSA???
Posted by jim
Last Reply April 3, 2006 at 11:25
Started March 23, 2006 at 01:10
my son got a HA-infection after ortho surgery,on his labs it says that the infection is resistant to ampicillin and penicillin does this mean his staph infection is mrsa?

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looking for info
Posted by judy
Last Reply April 3, 2006 at 11:20
Started March 28, 2006 at 19:34
I had surgery on my arm for a spider bite in sept.,2005 contracted mrsa staph infection .treated w/ vacomycen i.v . I was released from the D.R all clear but in 4 mo. had aboil on breast which became MRSA posative again. Once you have had MRSA STAPH are you more suseptable in the future??

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HANDWASHING IS NOT ENOUGH...
Posted by Dave
Last Reply April 2, 2006 at 15:01
Started April 2, 2006 at 15:01
http://www.innovations-report.de/html/berichte/biowissenshaften_chemie/bericht-57358.html

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Medical Records
Posted by nagt
Last Reply April 2, 2006 at 03:21
Started April 2, 2006 at 03:21
My mother is currently in the hospital - she was admitted 4 weeks ago and up until she was moved to a Rehab unit 1.5 weeks ago was doing good and progressing. She has COPD along with CHF and needed the rehad to help build her strength. She has become increasingly confused and disoriented and seems worse now than when she was brought to the rehad. She is also unable to eat and the doctor is prepared to insert a feeding tube. They found the MRSA bacteria but said she was only a carrier and did not have the symtoms of the infection. I don't understand this but I am increasingly concerned about the MRSA based on what I have been reading - I need help regarding her medical records. I am in Georgia, USA. Once I get her medical records how do I proceed. I'm worried that the hospital is not approaching this with the seriousness it deserves.

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AMOEBA
Posted by Dave
Last Reply April 1, 2006 at 23:38
Started March 31, 2006 at 19:29
I have not posted on here for some time, therefore I am not sure if this airborne method of MRSA infection has been noted...please click the link.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/03/060331102045.htm

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Bugs away
Posted by Carole
Last Reply March 31, 2006 at 14:47
Started March 31, 2006 at 14:03
Does anyone know if this solution really kills MRSA?(Bugs Away) and if it does why on earth do hospitals not use it? Surely a company cannot make such a claim without the health dept making it public knowledge?

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More News
Posted by GUJ
Last Reply March 31, 2006 at 14:46
Started March 31, 2006 at 14:17
Hi All
Just another update on whats going on....take a gander here.
www.icberkshire.co.uk

Take Care All
GUJ

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mrsa on furniture
Posted by vik
Last Reply March 30, 2006 at 19:32
Started March 30, 2006 at 19:32
i want to know if my grans furniture is carring the bug, she has died now and i wanted to clear the house is it ok to sell and donate. i am worried about this as i dont want to spead nothing please help me


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Tiredness!!!
Posted by lorraine
Last Reply March 28, 2006 at 23:41
Started March 28, 2006 at 23:41
I contracted MRSA when I had to have a hernia op.I have had 4 major operations to my stomach (upper and lower areas)over a 3 year period and am currently persuing this with a lawyer. Can anyone tell me if they have joint pain, prolonged tiredness, anemia, feelings of hopelesness etc. I am 46 and have a young daughter. I have also gained 4 stones in weight and have had to get a blood transfusion because of a low blood count, Do you think that these syptoms are related to MRSA.

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ca-mrsa can you catch from pets
Posted by kt
Last Reply March 28, 2006 at 12:59
Started March 28, 2006 at 04:45
I was told the 2 are the same. Does anyone know if you can catch this from a cat?? My Dr. said no.

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