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Posted by moya
Last Reply February 25, 2006 at 16:47
Started February 25, 2006 at 11:44
Patients must be told they have MRSA, warns Harney

By Claire O'Sullivan
HEALTH Minister Mary Harney has warned doctors that they have a legal responsibility to inform patients who have contracted the deadly MRSA bug while in hospital.

In a frank letter to the chief of the Health Service Executive, Professor Brendan Drumm, Ms Harney said the widespread failure of hospital doctors to inform patients and their families of their diagnosis and its implications was "not acceptable".

She states where MRSA is a primary or contributory cause of death, this "should be recorded in the appropriate section on the death certificate."

In the letter, seen by the Irish Examiner, Ms Harney also criticises hospital doctors for failing to inform GPs and nursing homes when their patients have been infected with the bug.

"The procedure ... appears not to be as effective as it should be. Existing good practice guidelines exist in this area and should be implemented as a matter of cour... read more

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when was mrsa discoverd
Posted by scott
Last Reply February 25, 2006 at 12:31
Started February 21, 2006 at 13:33
telll me please

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Posted by ANN
Last Reply February 25, 2006 at 12:16
Started January 15, 2006 at 18:04

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It's OK To Ask
Posted by Tina Rowley
Last Reply February 25, 2006 at 09:18
Started February 24, 2006 at 20:50

I have just returned from a holiday in Florida. Unfortunately my husband took ill just a few days into our holiday and we had to go to an urgent care centre. We were referred to hospital for ultrasound scans and later a Cat scan. One thing that struck us immediately was the absolute cleanliness of the hospital. You could literally eat your food off the floor. There were signs everywhere proclaiming "It's OK to ask" Telling you to be an active participant in the hand hygiene process. It only takes a few simple words to help encourage this healthy habit:
* "Excuse me, did you clean your hands?"
* "I saw that you cleaned your hands - thank you!"
Practicing good hand hygiene is the single most important thing you can do to stop the spread of infection. It's a healthy habit for anyone, wether you are in the hospital, at work, or at home. And remember, it's ok to ask someone to clean their hands.......your health may just depend on it.

Of course it isn't just t... read more

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MRSA recurring in bones
Posted by Nancy
Last Reply February 25, 2006 at 01:22
Started February 25, 2006 at 01:22
I contracted MRSA after foot surgery. After treatment the Comm. Disease Dr. said he could not see any signs of the MRSA. I finished treatment the end of December last year.

In January 2006 I began having symptoms at the same site with redness, swelling, and pain. My Dr. is following my site issues. I called yesterday to let him know that the wound site is draining liquid.

He is sure the MRSA has returned to my heel bone. He is sure that he will have to go in and remove more bone.

I have heard of alternative treatments for MRSA, but I have not heard of deep wound alternatives. Is there a site somewhere to get this type of information.

I'm in the USA and could use some help.


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BLAIR's latest comments on death rates
Posted by moya
Last Reply February 24, 2006 at 18:25
Started February 24, 2006 at 08:56
I'd be very happy for my family to be treated there or any other part of the NHS. The NHS does a fantastic job and I just wish the success stories and the good things the NHS does got a fiftieth of the publicity that the bad things do.

There is a continual repetition in the media that there are 5,000 deaths a year from MRSA. That is not a correct figure, never has been.

The actual number where MRSA has directly caused the death is fewer than 400 and that is out of 5.5m operations performed in the NHS and even those people will normally be ill to begin with, sometimes seriously ill.

I'm not saying it's not an issue and I'm not complacent about it but there are a lot of misleading media reports about the scale of hospital infection and MRSA.

He may be happy to use the NHS but he never does

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Our Baby has MRSA
Posted by Stephen and Allison
Last Reply February 24, 2006 at 10:39
Started February 16, 2006
Little is know or the information is very hard to get around here, Mikayla our 6 1/2 month old has this, what type??? still unknown. My wife got the Staph from her C section in the hospital, fun, then the baby got it and me. We would have never known if our baby doctor didn't swab my wife's cut that was leaking. Now me and my wife got it cleared up right away with the bactroban cream, and soap. Mikayla still has the swabs coming back positive in her butt the ones in the nose come back negitive, they have sent us to a specialist for infectious Dis. We went out of the meeting with more questions then we started. After looking on the internet we want to ask people if they have heard more about babies having this problem around where they live, as of now 2 cases reported of babies having this where we live, the problem I know may seem small to some of the stories that I have read and I grive for all of your pains, me being a new father and a new family I just feel that something ha... read more

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Jane Kennedy
Posted by moya
Last Reply February 24, 2006 at 10:36
Started February 24, 2006 at 10:36
Lethal superbug is still widespread in NHS hospital wards
By Peter Pallot
(Filed: 23/02/2006)

Despite numerous drives by officials, the potentially lethal MRSA superbug is still widespread in NHS hospitals.

Health Minister Jane Kennedy said earlier this month that half of acute hospitals had not met targets for reducing infection rates. There were 3,580 bloodstream infections between April and September 2005 - 55 more than the corresponding period a year before.

Jane Kennedy: NHS must do better in reducing MRSA
Miss Kennedy said: "The NHS must do better. I am disappointed that despite many trusts making significant reductions in infections, overall figures do not reflect these improvements."

Andrew Lansley, shadow health secretary, blamed high bed occupancy. The "hot-bedding" practice of immediately filling a vacant bed with a new patient is thought to be a reason for MRSA persisting. Time for cleaning and allowing bugs to die off between patients is reduced.

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at hospital again was tested for mrsa again
Posted by sharron
Last Reply February 24, 2006 at 08:14
Started February 22, 2006 at 22:48
hi there soory i have not been on the forum for a few weeks been very busy with the kids and trying to get house house painted again yes i am back to my old self again i was at hospital again yesterday and as soon as i got to the ward i was tested again for mrsa and i still had to wait until the end of the day to get my band fill it went ok and in a big way that is the best way with having mrsa to go last at least you no that you will not pass anything on to other people even though i was clear again thank i got home at tea time last night and my doctor was very pleased with the weight that i have lost now i have lost just over 5 stone so doing great and i dont need to go back to hospital until june thank god for that well have to go just going to my bed now but i will keep intouch with yous all
best wishes
forgot to say hi to linda how are you hope you are well and to bev and phip hope yous are well to xxx

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Last Reply February 24, 2006 at 03:42
Started February 24, 2006 at 03:42
I'm looking for informative information about preventing MRSA, and curing MRSA. I believed it has spreaded to my guy friend and all the while since 14 yrs old I've been told that I have infected hair folucles i believe it's MRSA and it sounds so dramatic and hurtful like a level of STD sad. please help

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mrsa 'chest infection'
Posted by eric
Last Reply February 23, 2006 at 21:13
Started January 17, 2006 at 22:10
Hi my dad is in hospital after a stroke. he's already clocked up pseudomonas, clostridium difficile and MRSA in two his nail bed, which we were told not to be too concerned about, but now he has an mrsa chest infection and has been moved to a side room.
i'd appreciate any pointers as to what sort of questions we should ask, what we should watch out for, and to put it bluntly - what are his chances of pulling through.

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MRSA deaths up by nearly quarter
Posted by MRSA deaths up by nearly
Last Reply February 23, 2006 at 19:21
Started February 23, 2006 at 19:21
MRSA deaths up by nearly quarter

MRSA is linked to over 1,000 deaths each year
The number of deaths linked to the hospital superbug MRSA has risen by nearly a quarter, statistics show.
The Office for National Statistics data revealed that between 2003 and 2004 the mentions of MRSA on death certificates increased by 22% to 1,168.

It does not necessarily mean the superbug was the cause of death, just that it contributed to it.

Most of the deaths were in the older age groups and rates were higher among men than women.

MRSA was mentioned on two out of every 1,000 deaths certificates in England and Wales, the statistics showed.

But it was cited as the underlying cause on 360 - up from 195 in 2000.

It is clear that MRSA and hospital infections are winning the war in many of our wards

Michael Summers, of the Patients Association

The figures have been published a few months before the Healthcare Commission launches a study into why some trusts have lo... read more

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are there levals of mrsa ?
Posted by walt gately
Last Reply February 23, 2006 at 19:17
Started February 8, 2006 at 03:53
the hospital is telling my mother she has a low leval of mrsa

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ONS figure released earlier
Posted by Bev
Last Reply February 23, 2006 at 17:22
Started February 23, 2006 at 11:45
the office of national statistics released their figures today on the number of people dying after cotnracting MRSA it has risen by an average over the country of 20% in some areas like yorkshire 40%
whilst we welcome these figures to highlight the problem it has to be taken into account that these figures only reflect where it is recorded on the death certificate therefore it is not a true figure ! many of us who lost our loved ones do not have it on the death certificate therefore the figures would be far higher !

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Could I have MRSA?
Posted by Sue Dudley
Last Reply February 23, 2006 at 15:35
Started February 21, 2006 at 21:47
I am 47 year old female. 2 years ago, I was very fit and healthy. I took up employment as a care assistant in a residential home for the elderly. 6 months into my employment and elderly lady was admitted to the home from hospital with MRSA. Since then, I have had repeated urine infections, boils the size of large grapes and persistent chest and sinus infection producing green sputum. Four different courses of antibiotics have not helped. Approximately 6 months ago, I discovered a lump in my groin, which has grown consierably in size. Most of the time I am tired and lethargic sometimes even a shower is too much trouble. On Friday of last week I had an MRI scan on this lump - I am waiting to see the consultant. Should I mention my fears to him? I believe that I may have osteomylitis. However, I dont know. The worry is driving me mad. Any response would be greatly appreciated.

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health and safety issues
Posted by Bev
Last Reply February 23, 2006 at 15:32
Started June 24, 2005 at 11:56
heres one for the professionals to answer if they can

i have just been asked the question on the issue of health and safety

if clothing were to be donated to a charity shop from a person who had died from MRSA or a person who had contracted it
should the shop accept it
and what precautions should the shop take in handling these goods

from personal point of view i actually find it sad that i was asked that question as the people who contract MRSA are not lepers but are now beginning to feel that way....i also think as long as the clothes are washed at fairly high temperatures as are nurses uniforms then it should be ok as we know MRSA is passed by skin contact via open wounds, skin abrasions etc...

anyway any one in the know i would appreiciate your input


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Plans to combat lethal infection
Posted by combat lethal infection
Last Reply February 23, 2006 at 15:20
Started February 22, 2006 at 13:47
Plans to combat lethal infection

Clostridium difficile - which can prove fatal
Health experts in Northern Ireland are formulating a plan to combat an infection which is potentially fatal and is tougher to eradicate than MRSA.
Clostridium Difficile, or C Diff for short, killed 15 people in Northern Ireland in 2004.

In the past 10 years, the number of cases of the infection, which spreads rapidly, has quadrupled.

It can live for months and is resistant to the alcohol gels that doctors and nurses use to clean their hands.

In March, the Department of Health in Northern Ireland is to announce a plan for the protection of staff and patients against C Diff.

BBC Northern Ireland health correspondent Dot Kirby said: "Laboratories now often test samples for C Diff, something they would not have done in the past.

"That is undoubtedly part of the reason behind the huge increase in C Diff in recent years.

"But it is thought that there is a genuine rise in the nu... read more

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Posted by Rachel
Last Reply February 23, 2006 at 15:16
Started February 22, 2006 at 21:12
My four year old daughter has just been dianoised with community MRSA. We found this out quite by chance when i took her to A and E to have a blister , that had come up over night lanced. The doctor took a swab of the fluid that came out of the blister and the results came back today. At first hearing the words MRSA i panicked. But the doctor assured me that it is in no way as seriouse as the sort of MRSA you find in hospitals. However my doctor appered not to know that much about it , so if anyone knows anything about CA MRSA i would be greatful if you could let me know. Basically all i want to know is will she always have it ? can she transmit it / and whare has she got it from ? She hasn't had any antibiotics as the wound has healed by its self. I have been looking on the internet for information and although there is plenty of stuff about MRSA in general , CA MRSA appears to be quite rare in this country. I am returning to the doctors on fridya so if i find anything else ... read more

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bowel disorders
Posted by debbie freemantle
Last Reply February 23, 2006 at 09:40
Started February 22, 2006 at 23:13
I dont know where to turn, over the last eighteen months i have had 2 solicitors, i am getting nowhere i dont even know where to start to fight this along, my long term partner was admitted to hospital in may 2004 for 1 week of tests with bowel problems, he ended up in there 8 weeks and despite different tests and losing 6 stone, unable to eat and having morphiene daily for pain no one could make a diagnoses, finally his bowel ruptured and the doctor went off duty forgot to tell anyone and he died, i still can not come to terms with how this could of happened and how it can be that the hospital write an apology saying it wont happen again yet no one has to be held accountable because we was not married. so so many errors where made, my life has been destroyed and john was only 44 it makes me so angry that i am up against a brick wall every where i turn for help. I cant even get his death certificate to show correct cause of death as i was told it was colitis and 3 months later found... read more

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Posted by tracey
Last Reply February 22, 2006 at 17:09
Started February 21, 2006 at 20:18
I have just begun care assisting for a residential home of which there are two residents that have MRSA, can anyone tell me whilst giving and providing the best possible care and support I can also protect myself. I asked the staff nurse and they weren't sure exactly what MRSA was this concerns me!

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