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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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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 2Ĺ 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.


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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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??



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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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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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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.


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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

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
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.

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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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