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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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mrsa
Posted by linda
Last Reply March 27, 2006 at 01:56
Started March 27, 2006 at 01:56
how long can this mrsa live on contaminated belongings. i am steralizing and have children.

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UPDATE
Posted by GUJ
Last Reply March 25, 2006 at 09:13
Started March 1, 2006 at 10:52
Hi everybody
Yet another update on whats happening in the case of my dad.
I wrote to Tony Blair last week,regarding the `crime`that
the hospital committed re the DC.Had a letter from the Chief Exec via my local MP....He`s arranging a meeting etc
His exact words to the MP were...`as your constituant
BELIEVES his father died of mrsa`!!!!
What a cock!!!!....its on my dads DC that he died of mrsa septicemia.
Do the Trusts really believe that Joe Public are all a bunch of idiots???
Oh well,must dash,I have the police to go and hassle again now!!!
Take care all
GUJ

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REFUSING TREATMENT
Posted by MICHELLE
Last Reply March 24, 2006 at 21:38
Started March 9, 2006 at 16:47
Has anyone had any experince with someone who has refused any more medication for the treatment of MRSA ?? My Dad has just come home from hospital because he literly cant take any more we think he is very depressed ,he has no use of one arm and says he just wants to die he cant go on anymore ?? Please if anyone has any help

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ANY MORE?????
Posted by GUJ
Last Reply March 24, 2006 at 19:14
Started March 24, 2006 at 14:15
Hi All
Just wondering how many people on here have NOT had the true cause of death put on their loved ones DC`s??
I believe that many DC`s are `fudged`by the hospitals in an attempt to disguise the figures of MRSA statistics.
I wonder how the police and government would cope if hundreds of people were to report this as a crime???
Just food for thought!!!!!
Take care all
GUJ

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Overcrowding = more MRSA
Posted by Vigilair
Last Reply March 24, 2006 at 18:51
Started March 24, 2006 at 18:51
Northern Ireland study from University of Ulster correlates high ward occupancy use with greater risk of contracting MRSA.
Study says that many hospitals are above the occupancy rate guidelines issued by the UK government. More info @ http://www.airborneinfection.blogspot.com/ and http://www.ulster.ac.uk/news/releases/2006/2133.html.

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over 2000 jobs cut
Posted by Bev
Last Reply March 24, 2006 at 17:16
Started March 23, 2006 at 08:46
anounced today was the royal free and st marys sidcup they are cutting jobs on the front line yet the DOH would have us belive this is all in the good of patient care ? duh but scuse me no staff less beds how is that good for patient care and improvement
when are they going to get it thru their thick skulls that the job cutting needs to be the managers for managers who do nothing but push a pen around ~ promote targets and actually do zilch for patient care
the ground level staff need increasing not cutting SAVE a tone of money and cut the dead wood managers

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stone walling
Posted by Bev
Last Reply March 24, 2006 at 14:05
Started March 15, 2006 at 09:47
Once again the Pennine trust put up the walls of silence.

I have been battling with them now for 2 years 9 months trying to get some answers regarding my mums needless death ~ in the initial complaint PALS themselves were investigated for their handling of my case or rather not handling as there was always every excuse under the sun for not getting back to me etc.

Finally my MP got my case to the HCC because at this point last November Pennine has successfully timed me out at local level ~ the HCC on seeing my case and my explaining cover note recommended this January that the Pennine trust arrange to further meet with me to discuss my ongoing concerns.

Since January I have had to email the complaints dept every week to ask what is the update on a meeting the first excuse was staff sickness, the following week staff on annual leave, week after the ward sister was off sick (there are 2 ward sisters) another excuse was because I had’nt clarified what my concerns were I exp... read more

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Going in for an operation
Posted by Patricia
Last Reply March 24, 2006 at 13:08
Started March 22, 2006 at 16:20
Dear All,

I am going in for an operation on my gall bladder in a few weeks time and would like some good practical and realistic advice on how to prepare for going into hospital and what should I and my visitors do whilst I am there. I do not want to catch the MRSA deadly virus!

Any help greatly appreciated, i know there are some experts on this site.

Patricia

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Not being told you have MRSA
Posted by Christine
Last Reply March 24, 2006 at 12:58
Started March 24, 2006 at 08:45
My brother has just been told that he has MRSA. It appears that it was known that he had the infection in February, but no one told him and he has not been treated for it. He is a paraplegic and has had bed sores for a long time, but one is now very bad and as a result he was hospitalised yesterday. Is it normal practice not to treat someone diagnosed with MRSA until something horrible happens to them, or has there been some sort of negligence on the part of his local health authority?

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community mrsa
Posted by mrsa mummy
Last Reply March 24, 2006 at 07:35
Started March 23, 2006 at 20:41
I have just found out I have MRSA 'colonisation' on my skin. I am undergoing 'eradication'. I have chronic severe eczema, and apparently contracted MRSA from broken skin. I have broken out 3 times in as many months in huge pus-filled boils and treated with antibiotics unsuccessfully. No one swabbed me until I changed surgeries, and got the MRSA positive result. I have read some people can have MRSA in their blood stream too without being acutely ill. Has anyone else had this experience? Should I insist on having a blood test as well? I have asked, and was told it was not necessary, but they told me that about swabbing too. I have 3 small children and worry they might contract it too. Any suggestions on what to do, or how I got this? I have read community based MRSA can be much more aggressive than hospital based MRSA. Is this true?

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Nichole M.
Posted by D.Reid
Last Reply March 23, 2006 at 01:17
Started March 23, 2006 at 01:17
Nichole Michele,
I've tried sending you emails but my computer isn't sending anything out. If you want, you can send an email to me and I'll respond asap. I would really like to know how you and your father is doing? And if you've heard anything new.
Email me at amandaalphabet@bellsouth.net


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this websites great but
Posted by sue
Last Reply March 22, 2006 at 17:10
Started March 4, 2005
Im not a sufferer of mrsa but I lost my 28 year old sister because of it last year. This website is great... but... every time I come on it there are more and more such heart breaking stories to be told. I think now we should start making some more noise about it !!! get our voices heard more. I feel great after typing away my huge frustrations about mrsa but we need to do more about it - make more impact... anyone with me ?? It would make me feel so much better knowing Im doing something to help as Im sure it would most people on this website. !!! I wanna do something for my sis... shes not here to fight anymore. sue.budden1@btopenworld.com

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My Father and the NHS
Posted by Jon
Last Reply March 22, 2006 at 17:01
Started March 20, 2006 at 08:02
My father was diagnosed with bial duct cancer a month ago. He was told on 3 ocassions he was to have his operation only for it to be cancelled. After the last cancellation he was told he could go home. He was mentally and physically exhausted. He was also sent home without any advice or concern over how he would change his bag that collected his bile. In fact he was ent home to my mother, a woman who is classed as disabled!

The week later he was called in for his op. He went thru the operation and we were suprised to find him sat up in his chair. HE WAS AN INCREDIBLY STRONG MAN. He was so bouyed up by the fact that he had overcome the setbacks and had survived the operation. Friday afternoon we were told he had developed MRSA. Sat morn he was dead after the nurses told us it was inhumane to keep the oxygen mask on him any more.

I have a strong suspicion that the "facts" about MRSA being the hybrid of our ever increasing advances over the years in the treatment of patients with... read more

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mrsa
Posted by hugh
Last Reply March 22, 2006 at 16:57
Started May 17, 2005 at 21:00
mrsa

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MRSA DEATHS UNDERESTIMATED
Posted by Bev
Last Reply March 22, 2006 at 16:43
Started March 22, 2006 at 13:30
Nursing Times exclusive ~
Dozens of MRSA-related deaths will not be included in official data because doctors are failing to include the information about the ‘superbug’ on death certificates a lobby group revealed last week
Evidence from MRSA Action UK shows that deaths in which MRSA was a factor were not recorded as such on the death certification
As a result figures on MRSA-linked deaths published by the Office of National Statistics last month under estimate the scale of the infection, the group says.
Bev Hurst, member of MRSA Action UK told NT ‘the numbers are a lot higher than that because a lot of infections are not put in the death certificate, these cases are just ones from the people who have contacted us through the discussion forum. What about the people that don’t have access to the internet or don’t know about us, she added
The ONS reported a 22% rise in death certificates citing MRSA from 955 in 2003 to 1,168 in 2004
Karen Taylor, director of health value for ... read more

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HCC findings on hygiene
Posted by Bev
Last Reply March 22, 2006 at 14:22
Started March 22, 2006 at 14:22
Inspectors warn over NHS hygiene

Good hand hygiene is essential for reducing infections
Nearly four out of ten NHS staff do not have access to basic hygiene measures needed to combat superbug MRSA, the health inspectorate has warned.
A Healthcare Commission survey said just 61% of NHS staff in England and Wales could always access hot water, paper towels and alcohol rubs.

And one-in-four NHS staff said their trust does not do enough to promote hygiene to staff and patients.

The Department of Health said staff had a responsibility to promote hygiene.

Tackling the superbug is one of the government's priorities after a rise in bloodstream infections in recent years

A high standard of hand hygiene is a pre-requisite of safe healthcare and this is undermined if the basic facilities for cleaning hands are not always available

Anna Walker
Healthcare Commission

A total of 7,212, cases were detected in 2004-5 and experts suggest up to 300,000 infections w... read more

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SO THE PLOT THICKENS!!!
Posted by GUJ
Last Reply March 21, 2006 at 19:39
Started March 21, 2006 at 11:16
Hi All
Just another update on how things are moving along.I had my meeting with the hospital yesterday afternoon.The meeting lasted almost 3 hours.Many questions were answered and some replies even made sense!!!!
BUT,,,,,,The battle has only just begun!!!
The hospital openly admitted that my father was NOT swabbed for MRSA on his readmittance to hospital,they also admitted that he was left a day without being given Vancomycin or any other antibiotics after his blood culture proved positive for MRSA!!!....I SMELL NEGLIGENCE..
When confronted with the change of DC,they were very patronising...until I JUST happened to mention that the police had been in touch with the Crown Prosecution Services and they have asked for an investigation..
Also Tony Blair has replied to my letter and has asked the MOH to look at this case too.
I have the BBC coming to interview me at 3pm this afternoon regarding the DC etc...
Soooo,all in all things are moving along quite quickly.

I hope this u... read more

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