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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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Decision following review of complaint
Posted by Derek Butler
Last Reply March 19, 2006 at 17:26
Started March 19, 2006 at 16:08

For those of you who have been following our own story with regard to my stepfather, the late John Howard Crews, you will know that I have been fighting Blackpool Victoria Hospital for the past 2˝ years with regard to the way my stepfather was treated, and the fact that he contracted MRSA. We have now received a decision on the review of our complaint, after 15 months of waiting.

Further to our latest communication with the Healthcare Commission of January 26th 2006, they have had an opportunity to review our case and have decided how it should be dealt with. The decision and recommendations have been approved by a senior colleague in accordance with the Healthcare Commission's quality assurance process. The recommendations are being sent to the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust. The Healthcare Commission have confirmed that there are grounds for further action to be taken by the trust.

ISSUES REQUIRING FURTHER ACTION BY THE TRUST:

Treatment of MRSA:

Th... read more

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MRSA from jail
Posted by samantha culp
Last Reply March 19, 2006 at 14:34
Started March 6, 2006 at 03:07
i was arrested on 4th amendment violation. spent 11 hours or so before bonding out. days later the spider bites began to spuratically appear. treated them myself for 5 months then i had a full blown outbreak. spent 9 days in hospital in critical care,surgery,i.v's,pic-line(ouch)!!,3 ft of packing in left hand(i weigh 120lb's)and 750 levaquin for 6 weeks(without insurance).cannot find legal counsel. surely the lake county florida department of corrections should be accountable and liable for over $25,000.00 in medical bills and the horror of this bug called MRSA.does anyone have any advice on how to find an attorney that will stand up for justice against this county government? all i have talked to say that their case load is full or they are not qualified. FDLE has been informed,DOH,LCSO,Governor,ect.....someone PLEASE help me

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Glove use, hand washing and antiseptic use
Posted by Godfrey Jambaya
Last Reply March 19, 2006 at 07:49
Started February 6, 2005 at 21:54
I wish to carry out a study on the attitudes of healthcare assistants on the use of gloves, washing of hands and the use of antiseptics in a hospital setting as aproject for my studies. 1) are there such studies going on already? 2)Does this kind project need ethical committee approval 3) Are there any other websites of interests

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Hospitals dump cleaners
Posted by Bev
Last Reply March 18, 2006 at 12:09
Started March 18, 2006 at 09:18
Hospitals dump cleaners
By Louise Hale
Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals has pulled the plug on its cleaning contractors just two weeks after a health watchdog revealed MRSA had risen at the trust.

The hospital said its decisions to drop Medirest, which has also managed the catering contracts at the hospital since 1999, was part of a drive to improve cleanliness and its fight against the superbug.

Facilities General Manager at the Trust Rex Cassidy said the search for a new company was "to improve services for our patients, visitors and staff. It is vital we meet all the recommended guidelines on hospital cleanliness as we continue our fight against bugs such as MRSA, and bringing the cleaning contract in-house will allow us to tighten our control."

Latest figures out by the Department of Health on MRSA rates showed the trust had dropped 73 places from 91 to 164 within 12 months leaving it 10 places from the bottom of the national league table.

The Statistics show that ... read more

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Lessons learned on complaints
Posted by HCC Newsletter
Last Reply March 17, 2006 at 19:27
Started March 9, 2006 at 07:42
The Healthcare Commission has been looking at what has been learnt from the first year of investigating second stage complaints. In an effort to spread best practice in the handling of local complaints, we are developing proposals for a review of local procedures. Our aim is to share the lessons learned with NHS organisations to assist with their efforts to improve complaints services. We have also published a guide on handling complaints and we plan to introduce a newsletter regularly updating trusts on relevant issues. In an effort to improve the handling of NHS complaints and to better meet the needs of patients, we are setting new targets for resolving second stage NHS complaints. From April 1st, the Commission will aim to resolve 65% of its cases within eight weeks of receiving them and 95% within a year. This replaces the current target of resolving 95% of cases within six months. The new targets reflect the learning from our first year of investigating second stage complaints... read more

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MRSA
Posted by Samia
Last Reply March 16, 2006 at 22:02
Started March 13, 2006 at 19:59
I had cosmetic surgery a few years ago and contracted MRSA. I have since had further surgery and now have a wound that is ouzing and not closing properly. Last year I was given a course of antibiotics but they were the wrong ones. i have since sufferred the second bout of MRSA and now been given the correct medication. the wound is now starting to close. Will I ever be able to get rid of MRSA altogether or will it keep coming back? If it does come back, will there be any trigger points ie when I'm run down or after further surgery etc??

Thanks,

Sam

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MRSA
Posted by Will
Last Reply March 16, 2006 at 16:19
Started June 7, 2005 at 16:58
I recently had lung operation.I was told that mrsa was found on my skin.But was not in the wound.Since being released from hospital 2 weeks ago I semm to have lost my appetite and break out in heavy sweats during the night I also feel tired all the time.Are any of these symptoms attributed to mrsa?.

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MRSA
Posted by Rachel Carl
Last Reply March 16, 2006 at 15:41
Started March 15, 2006 at 11:38
My Father has just been diagnosed with MRSA, as a person with very little knowledge about this super bug I am extremely concerned about my Father's welfare. He was admitted for a supposedly straightforward bowel operation which has since become infected by the bacteria. I have been told by Doctors that this is usually treatable via antibiotics but since researching I have read that this type of bacteria is resistant to such treatments? Anyone with any useful information relating to this condition I would greatfully appreciate hearing from?

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wound
Posted by k
Last Reply March 16, 2006 at 15:08
Started January 3, 2005 at 11:22
can anyone tell me what the term 'hissing wound' means. it refers to wound that has broken down again in spite of being on Teicoplanin. i have a good general idea of the problem but cannot find out what the term means

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