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scientists at bath
Posted by Bev
Last Reply March 1, 2006 at 15:38
Started March 1, 2006 at 15:38
The MRSA 'superbug' evades many of the measures introduced to combat its spread by infecting a common single-celled organism found almost everywhere in hospital wards, according to new research published in the journal Environmental Microbiology.
Scientists from the University of Bath have shown that MRSA infects and replicates in a species of amoeba, called Acanthamoeba polyphaga, which is ubiquitous in the environment and can be found on inanimate objects such as vases, sinks and walls.

As amoeba produce cysts to help them spread, this could mean that MRSA maybe able to be 'blown in the wind' between different locations.

Further evidence from research on other pathogens suggests that by infecting amoeba first, MRSA may emerge more virulent and more resistant to antibiotics when it infects humans.

"Infection control policies for hospitals should recognise the role played by amoeba in the survival of MRSA, and evaluate control procedures accordingly," said Professor Mi... read more

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MRSA info
Posted by Anne
Last Reply March 1, 2006 at 09:23
Started February 28, 2006 at 14:46
Some one I know has MRSA, his living conditions & hygene are far from ideal As volunteers we have to visit several days a week. We are given gloves to wear, are advised to wipe the money we are given,and disinfect our hands. (we are not able to wash our hands on the premises)
Now we are being told all this is unnecessary, all we need to do , is wash our hands. The lecture we were given on MRSA was so technical we were "lost" I would appreciate some advice, in simple terms. Thanks

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Posted by Donna
Last Reply March 1, 2006 at 01:31
Started February 28, 2006 at 01:07
I have been diagnosed with MRSA since October 2005.
I eventually had a week of Teicoplanin - wrong dose.... did nothing...

While my surgical wound has eventually healed, I have been developing lumps and abscesses since October - some of which eventually burst leaving a deep sinus that then requires packing for months.

The expert microbiologist at walsall manor hospital has told my GP that these are not usual symptoms of MRSA.

There is no denial that I have MRSA - swabs consistantly positive since October.

Has anyone here had the same symptom??

What symptoms do others get??

The latest one is on my shin, started off as what I thought was an insect bite. Saturday it blew up into a red lump.
Sunday it was 4" by 5". Today it is 6" by 8"...

Does this sound like MRSA??

I also contracted Klebsiella, Enterococci Faecalis, a 2nd Enterocci and E-Coli...... these no longer show up on swabs so assume the many many antibiotics have cleared these up!

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mrsa hand cream: could this be a cure?
Posted by sheryl
Last Reply February 28, 2006 at 10:07
Started February 26, 2006 at 21:34
I just ran across this web page..hope it helps everyone..huggs.

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Long term MRSA
Posted by Kathy
Last Reply February 27, 2006 at 23:10
Started February 26, 2006 at 08:19
Hi. I am 35 Live in Australia and have been fighting MRSA infection for over 18 months now. It's driving me mad. I've had a number of hospital stays and have been on anti biotics for most of the last 18 months. Not sure of the long term effects this will have???? Would love to hear from others who've had success with getting rid of this infection. My email is If you want to contact me to give advice, support or just a chat that would be great (NO MEN PLEASE). Bye for now

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Posted by Lois
Last Reply February 27, 2006 at 19:25
Started February 27, 2006
My Father in law was in hospital Got home and then the nurse came out did a urine test and it showed MRSA My Father in law has a indwelling catheter.
So could you please tell me what this means is it eating up his bladder or kidneys????? On the skin you are able to see sores but what happens when its inside? Please write me back i have looked everywhere in the internet and cant find anything

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kim and aggie,s nhs wards blitz
Posted by sharron
Last Reply February 26, 2006 at 18:45
Started February 24, 2006 at 11:19
hi there got the scottish sun this morning and there was a bit in it that kim and aggie are to go work on hygiene standards at a shamed hospital.
the how clean is your house?
stars will target Ealing hospital in west london-accused of poor standards in an undercover documentary last year.
A source said; they genuinely want to help improve cleanlinedd in our hospitals.
The show explores what every hospital staff, patients and visitors-could and should do to make them safer and healthier places." As well as featuring kim and scots-born aggie getting stuck in, the show will include experts giving advise on combating the superbug MRSA. Their efforts will be the subject of a two-part channel 4 show currently being shot and due out later this year.A channel 4 dispatches exposed poor hygiene at Ealing hospital. they sat they are taking an upfront approach to a serious subject. So it takes two women from the tv to get their fingers out of there .... So whats going to happen to all the h... read more

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ETQ Nightingale project
Posted by John
Last Reply February 26, 2006 at 12:30
Started February 26, 2006 at 02:31
Has anybody heard about the nightingale project developed by Energy Technique? They claim to have the solution to eradicate all hospitals from MRSA.

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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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