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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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MRSA private hospitals
Posted by Sally Martin
Last Reply March 12, 2006 at 14:13
Started March 12, 2006 at 10:47
I am trying to find rates of MRSA infection in specific private hospitals - is this information in the public domain?

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VRE (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus)
Posted by Andrew Platts
Last Reply March 12, 2006 at 02:52
Started August 8, 2005 at 18:34
During the time I spend researching into MRSA, its causes and methods of prevention I came across this information.
It appears as though VRE (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus) follows a similar path to MRSA.
What is VRE?
VRE is Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus.
Enterococcus are bacteria that live in the digestive and genital tracts. They are normally benign and don't cause any problems in healthy people.

Vancomycin is a powerful antibiotic that is often the antibiotic of last resort. It is generally limited to use against bacteria that are already resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics.

Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus is a mutant strain of Enterococcus that originally developed in individuals who were exposed to the antibiotic. It was first identified in Europe in 1986, and in the U.S. in 1988.

Why is it dangerous?
It is not dangerous in healthy people with strong immune systems, where the balance of healthy flora in their digestive tract helps keep VRE ... read more

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Urgent info needed on MRSA in breastmilk
Posted by Mike
Last Reply March 10, 2006 at 16:19
Started March 10, 2006 at 14:41
Hi folks - my friend had a baby a week ago. She is breastfeeding. She has been diagnosed as having MRSA in her breast milk. In addition to breastfeeding the baby she was dripping the milk into the babys eyes to cure conjunctivitis on the advice of her nurse. The baby has now been diagnosed as having MRSA in his eye.

These poor people are now beside themselves with worry. The advice they are getting is to continue with breastfeeding but nobody is instilling them with any confidence.

IF YOU HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH SOMETHING LIKE THIS OR CAN OFFER ANY ADVICE OR THOUGHTS - IT WOULD ALL BE MOST WELCOME

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mrsa colonisation and chemotherapy
Posted by allison
Last Reply March 9, 2006 at 20:40
Started March 7, 2006 at 15:41
Hi,

Wondered if anyone can help clarify an issue for me. I am at present undergoing chemotherapy and have a friend who visits me at home. Her mother has been admitted to hospital and she it has been discovered that she is colonised with mrsa. Two questions can this be erradicated and also should my friend refrain from visiting me? Many thanks

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unconfirmed/undiagnosed m.r.s.a-possible cover
Posted by jmacn.ireland
Last Reply March 9, 2006 at 16:46
Started May 25, 2005 at 21:36
I've been ill for almost 13 yrs with no diagnosis. I recently obtained some copy notes and I suspect that I have been infected with m.r.s.a. I have two microbiology reports, 1 dating back to 1992 when my illhealth started after childbirth. My w.b.c was 25 and the microbiology report states Penicillin 'R'. I was discharged from maternity hospital 'very ill'and 7 day course of metronidazole. I have continued to date with multiple systemic infections including A&E admittance with septicemia on 3 occasions.

The second microbiology report in 1998, obtained from swab of throat(quinsy)showed Staph Aureus +++ and Hemolytic Strep A. It also states Penicillin 'R' for staph aureus. I suspect this means Penicillin resistant. The report also states Erythromycin 'S'- Fusidic Acid 'S' - Gentamicin 'S' and Flucloxacillin 'S' I presume the bug was sensitive to this combination. I don't know - I got no follow up but continue with 'serious' infection, recent A&E admittance April 2005 - w.b.c 19 a... read more

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quit smoking now
Posted by d
Last Reply March 8, 2006 at 17:53
Started May 13, 2005 at 10:46
One good reason to quit is cost. Youíll have more money if you give up tobacco. Of course, quitting also protects you from debilitating illness that can cost even more in the long run.

Speaking of debilitating Ė believe it or not smoking can have a profound, negative effect on a personís love life. In addition to making you smell bad, affecting your breathing, and wrinkling your skin, smoking can destroy blood vessels, especially tiny blood vessels, which can impede your sex life.

Smoking has been linked directly to sexual dysfunction in men, and it's believed to have a similar effect in women. One noted urologist, speaking on the news program 60 Minutes, said when he sees a man smoking, he wonders when -- not if -- he will experience erectile dysfunction.

Studies show that tobacco-users in general donít live as long as non-users.

Smoking makes its biggest assault on the lungs. People with Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease or Emphysema often end up on oxygen and canno... read more

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Lost my unborn son to mrsa
Posted by D.Reid
Last Reply March 8, 2006 at 17:24
Started March 8, 2006 at 06:17
Hello!
I have been battling MRSA since August 2005. At first I thought it was a boil or a spiderbite. When it didn't go away I visited the doctor. She prescribed antibotics and sent me home. Less than a week later I was back in her office, because it had grown and was leaking green puss. She immediatly talked to me about MRSA and sent me to an enfectious disease specialist. There they performed a number of tests and started me on an iv antibotic right away. I had the iv in my arm for over a week,still contining to go to work everyday and then drive two hours to get injected with the antibotic. After three weeks of trying many different medications, I got real sick one night, started throwing up, running a high temperture, and I couldn't move either of my legs. My mother rushed me to the hospital, after waiting three hours to see my doctor, they finally placed another iv in my arm and ran fluids threw my body for about a day. Then sent me home. A week after being discharged I found ... read more

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Speak to your MPs On Our Behalf!
Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply March 8, 2006 at 08:29
Started March 7, 2006 at 10:59
Well the Parliamentary Health Ombudsman has taken our case about the Death Certificate Falsification!Ref:EN-11162 TEL:08450 154033.
The Healthcare Commission is to look at their "rubbish" attempt of an investigation.Ref:C2000508_0363.TEL:MR.Landon 02074481692.
The CID have written to us-so something in writing from the Police will be interesting!
Not heard from the Minister from the Health Committee yet.But they have gone into the Portsmouth Hospitals to investigate the sudden increases in MRSA cases!That's according to The News.The News interviewed My Sister and I recently and should be doing a piece on Us to tie in with the sad Anniversary of Our Dad's death on March 9th!
If anyone wants to get their MP's to ask questions relating to our case that would be great.Our MP is Mike Hancock.
Thanks!

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MRSA
Posted by Laurie
Last Reply March 7, 2006 at 21:10
Started March 7, 2006 at 21:10
I had surgery in January for strctures. After surgery i got an infection , it was an open wound. Now i was told i have mrsa, and they had to open my stomach. I have a wound vac on does anyone else have this vac. I want to know if it works well?I was also on oral antibiotics. I dont think it worked. I now smell bile and its making me sick to my stomack. Can anyone give me some advise? thank you laurie

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isolation of patients
Posted by katy lu
Last Reply March 7, 2006 at 19:31
Started March 7, 2006 at 15:54
do nurses provide enough psychological support to those patients newly diagnosed with MRSA and do they realise the impact isolation nursing has on these patients

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New MRSA Website
Posted by Dug
Last Reply March 6, 2006 at 19:42
Started March 6, 2006 at 19:42
I can highly recommend this new website. It is full of useful information, WWW.MRSAINFECTION.ORG

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Raising Funds for MRSA Support
Posted by Kalsa
Last Reply March 6, 2006 at 14:03
Started March 6, 2006 at 14:03
Found this what an excellent idea, you can sign up at http://www.mrsasupport.co.uk/

THE BIKE RIDE (by Tony Field)

In the last newsletter I stated that I would attempt to ride 10,000 metres on Halesowen cycle track and asked for sponsors. Thanks to a very kind offer of the loan of a rather special Tricycle made by Roman Road Cycles in Carmarthenshire I can now tell you it will be a Trike ride.

My sanity has been questioned over this and I have also been told that I am too old! Ouch! That hurt. So really I now have to rise to the challenge and just to remind you I did achieve 5,000 metres regularly on the exercise bike during my physiotherapy treatment, anyway it might be fun!

This is to raise funds to help cover the costs of the AGM. Plans are well advanced for this now and you will find a sponsorship form here. We would be grateful if you would ask your friends and colleagues to support us. We need to raise mo... read more

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MRSA/VRSA
Posted by Carleen
Last Reply March 6, 2006 at 09:40
Started March 4, 2006 at 19:11
Please help. I have just found out my nan has MRSA. She was taken into hosital with dehydration. I found out she had MRSA by reading her notes two weeks after they tested her. She now has Pneumonia and a urine infection. After covering up her MRSA, the hospital are trying to say the lung and urine infections are not related to it. They had her on Vancomycin which they took her off when they got her last swab result yesterday. I can find no information about her last swab, her notes are `missing' again. She is now on Teicoplanin and something else. Does this mean she has VRSA? If so is she not also resistant to Teicoplanin? I thought Vancomycin was the last resort?? Please please help.xx

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my effects of MRSA
Posted by samantha culp
Last Reply March 6, 2006 at 03:27
Started March 6, 2006 at 03:27
i was 39 years old, very physically fit(i cut down trees for a living)yet when i contracted this bug i was physically exhausted from doing hurricane relief work 90 days straight.(i live in florida) and i had a flu bug or something. i was vulnerable to this horror.began as spider bites. would come and go. then after 5 months i had an outbreak. it's been 1 1/2 years since and i haven't had a reoccurance of sores but i am a totaly different person in the way i feel physically. all of my bones and joints ache all the time,lungs always feel as if something heavy sits on my chest,lympnodes remain swollen. even on the back of my head and neck. sometimes they itch terribly. 750 levaquin for 6 weeks i believe caused my teeth to go bad. have severe leg cramps daily,vision shot,fingertips split and are so very painful. the list goes on and on! now i am almost 41 and i feel like i am 71. i am not the same energetic,strong,healthy woman i was. and i feel like one of the lucky ones

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my son tyras
Posted by sacha
Last Reply March 4, 2006 at 08:59
Started February 27, 2006 at 21:38
My son tyras has mrsa, and also the doctors seem to be acting like it is nothing they dont tell me much about the seriousness of this. I only found out today and would like to no how fast it progresses, Tyras has rescently has had a feeding tube put into his belly the doctors are saying it was caused by this they are only treating the outside and not the inside i am very concerned if anyone could get back to me it would be a great help thanks


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How Long do We Need Antibiotics
Posted by Donna
Last Reply March 2, 2006 at 22:21
Started February 28, 2006 at 01:11
Hi All

I am interested to know if anyone has had a successful course of IV antibiotics?

If so, how long were you treated for?

My current sensitivities are to Fucidin and Teicoplanin (although they haven't tested for Vancomycin or Linezolid)

I had one course of Teicoplanin in Nov 2005 - a WEEK of doses through a central line.

I know the dose was too low - but I also would like to know if the length was supposedly adequate?

If I am to get this treated properly I want to find out how long others have been dosed up for.


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MRSA research
Posted by Vigilair
Last Reply March 2, 2006 at 20:03
Started March 2, 2006 at 19:17
Writing from the states to alert you to research from University of Bath, UK. A new study says MRSA can 'hide' inside amoeba and be protected from measures used to inactivate it.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/02/060228085706.htm.
The link is an overview of the study written in regular Engligh...even an American like me could understand it. I found the conclusion that MRSA has the potential to spread via the airborne route particularly interesting.

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new measures to combat MRSA
Posted by Bev
Last Reply March 2, 2006 at 07:56
Started March 1, 2006 at 15:44
Patients are dying from MRSA because doctors carry out different kinds of treatment on patients, experts warned today.

Hospitals across the UK use different antibiotics to combat the deadly infection - some more suitable than others.

But recommendations passed to doctors today should signal the end of this postcode lottery and ensure all victims receive the same standard of care.

The new guidelines will standardise treatment of the killer bug, with the aim of saving lives.

Mark Wilcox, professor of microbiology at Leeds General Infirmary, will be one of the first to implement the measures.

Professor Wilcox said: "At the moment if I went ten times with the same infection into ten different hospitals, undoubtedly the treatments would be different.

"Hospitals A and B might be using two of the recommended antibiotics and hospital C might be using something different. It's not enough simply having this document, it's getting it out to the coalface.

"If you are confi... read more

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