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REOCCURRING MRSA
Posted by PAULA FARRAR
Last Reply February 19, 2006 at 13:53
Started February 19, 2006 at 13:53
MY 18MONTH OLD GRANDDAUGHTER HAS GOTTON MRSA TWICE NOW IM REALLY SCARED THAT SHE IS GOING TO KEEP HAVING REOCCURRACE OF THE MRSA INFECTION SHE HAS IT ON HER BUTTOCK AND THE FIRST TIME SHE HAD TO GET IT LANCED AND STAYED IN THE HOSPITAL ON VANCOMYCIN AND CAME HOME ON CLEOMYCIN SHE WAS VERY SICK.SHE HAS IT AGAIN BUT HAS NOT GONE TO THE HOSPTIAL YET DOC IS TREATING HER WITH CLEOMYCIN AGAIN WE SEEM TO HAVE CAUGHT IT PRETTY EARLY. ALSO I AM TRYING SUGAR ON HER BOTTOM AND HONEY I WAS TOLD IT KILLS STAFF AND THATS WHAT THERE USING IN THE UK TO TREAT STAFF IF ANYONE KNOWS ANY IMFORMATION THAT COULD HELP ME PLEASE LET ME KNOW BECAUSE I AM WORRIED SICK THIS MRSA IS GOING TO BECOME RESISTANT TO THESE ANTIBIOTICS WE ARE NOW USING TO TREAT THIS THEN WHAT DO WE DO. MY EMAIL IS BRANDIMFARRAR@YAHOO.COM

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mrsa /amputation
Posted by mike
Last Reply February 19, 2006 at 13:17
Started February 18, 2006 at 04:58
my mother had a bad fall just after xmas and was admited to hull royal infirmary for a bad fracture in her ankle drilled and pinned every thing fine she then returned for her checkup and the consultant admitted her immediatly and told her she had mrsa 3 days later she still had no mention on any of her records in hospital of the infection. the reply from one senior nurse was that they might have to amputate her left leg at the knee when i asked if the reason for this was to remove the disease the nurse would not answer the question my mother then got moved to castle hill hospital where the doctor told her she has no infection at all. ten minutes later a nurse told her she has got mrsa and she had a full body swab taken tonite . i have been advised not to visit as i have a small baby at home but this is after 3 weeks of visiting her in her hospital bed putting my wife and 5 month old daughter at risk by this coverup and lying. hull royal infirmary is one of the dirtiest hospitals i h... read more

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Tony Blair gets involved!
Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply February 19, 2006 at 13:17
Started February 18, 2006 at 15:24
This morning i got a letter from Number 10!Tony send us his sincere condolances.A Minister in the Department of Health will be replying to me directly!It was worth sending an e-mail to number 10!
We are speaking to our local media on Monday.Still no Portsmouth Hospital response to the Healthcare Commission's questions-Monday is the deadline!The Ombudsman can't take our case until the our Healthcare Commission thing is totally finished-but they will call Hospital Trust if nothing happens by monday.The local CID are to speak with the Consultant concerned to see if they did follow procedure-they falsified Our Dad's death certificate-so that will be an interesting chat!
So My Sister and i are keeping the pressure on.This now goes right to the PM himself!!

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teicoplanin not working
Posted by michelle
Last Reply February 19, 2006 at 13:17
Started February 19, 2006
thanx for the mrsa web link, much appreciated, can any1 help me, about my 18 yr old son...........had both feet operated on to correct deformities, got trench foot in left foot, removed plasters 10 days post op...14/01/06.... since then had 3 ops to remove infected skin, tonight said teicoplanin will be changed as from 2morrow, the mrsa has not hit his "good" foot, which till a week ago was healing lovely, and now needs op to remove screws from his feet that were the original reason he had an op..............his consultant on holiday for a week, and infection control nurse had the gall to say mrsa was the least of her worries and we should almost be grateful its not a flesh eater, asked to talk to ward sister and she said we would have to talk to him about christopher, she nwould leave a note for him next monday week, we are all petrified as to what this all means....can any one tell me if they believe this means mrsa in my son is very difficult to treat (teicoplanin not working) an... read more

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mrsa and c-section
Posted by amber
Last Reply February 17, 2006 at 20:35
Started February 17, 2006 at 20:35
Hi, I was dianosed with MRSA about a year ago, had 2 boil like painful lumps on my leg, dr. drained it, sent me home, called me up the next day said its MRSA, no treatment..well now im abit worried, im about to go in for a c-section and need all the information i can get beforehand. Should I worry? What about the baby?? Any info is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks my email addy is:karaoke_rulz@yahoo.com

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MRSA
Posted by LOIS
Last Reply February 17, 2006 at 09:13
Started February 17, 2006 at 01:27
I myself would love some answers to this .If someone gets mrsa from their catheter , can it be tested in the urine? What are the symptons of MRSA?

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Acticoat Dressings
Posted by Janet Landles
Last Reply February 16, 2006 at 17:44
Started July 22, 2004 at 17:12
I have just read an article on Acticoat Dressings with silver linings that act as an impenetrable barrier to stop infection getting into wounds. I am going into hospital soon for a gall bladder op and I am justifiably scared out of my wits. Even more so reading the articles on this forum. Does anyone know where to buy these Acticoat Dressings? I couldnt find anywhere online, but maybe I wasnt looking in the right place. Thanks.

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need advice
Posted by Lisa
Last Reply February 16, 2006 at 14:14
Started February 15, 2006 at 14:40
Hi...I have a few questions. My sister found out yesterday that she has MRSA. I was wondering if anyone could tell me exactly what her doctor should be doing to treat this.. I am afraid her doctor is not treating it aggressively enough. Also...what type of doctor is best suited to treat this? Right now, she's going to a dermotologist. How contagious is this? Please..any advice would be helpful!

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MRSA
Posted by Angie Ryan
Last Reply February 14, 2006 at 13:00
Started February 11, 2006 at 16:30
My husband had been fighting MRSA for past 4 yrs. He went mis-dianosed til apprx. a yr ago .It attacked & shut down one of his kidneys & spent 9 days in hospital & two weeks with home health coming out for IV antibiotics. Now a yr later it aggressively attacked his Left eye. He spent 9 days in Duke Medical Ctr. & is now on same home health til 18th of this month. He is recovering from emergency eye surgery & we are waiting to see if he regains vision. We have consulted with an attorney about the misdiagnoses which lead to him becoming septic & was diagnosed with bacterimia. Is there ANYONE with suggestions or has been thru this other than us we feel so alone! Our 2 yr old twins contracted it in their skin only so we now are treating them with antibiotics!
Angie in NC

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why are we going backwards in general hygiene
Posted by sharon price
Last Reply February 13, 2006 at 11:42
Started October 26, 2004 at 10:41
did anyone see the report on MRSA last night on tonight with trevor mcdonarld i am surpose to go into hospital to have a hip replacement next march but after loosing my brother in september to this fatal bug and then seeing that poor lady who had a hip replacement and caught mrsa and has now ended up in a nursing home i can safely say i shall put up with the pain and have my hip done when the hospital clean up their wards i am only 37 and have 2 young children and wouldnt put them through the agony of loosing me as well as their uncle its terrible to think that in this day and age we seem to be going backwards in hygiene all because people are to idol to think of others and wash their hands how many more families have to have the heartache of loosing a loved one to this deadly fatal bug

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levels of MRSA bug
Posted by Trust has high
Last Reply February 12, 2006 at 23:04
Started February 12, 2006 at 14:06
Trust has high levels of MRSA bug
A Herefordshire hospital trust has one of the highest levels of MRSA in England.
Figures for the 174 hospital trusts in England puts Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust in the bottom 10.

It recorded 13 cases of the superbug over the last half-year - the sixth worst rate in the country.

The trust has defended its standards, saying between April and September 2005 six of the 13 patients had the infection before arriving in hospital.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: "All infection control policies were reviewed and updated last year using the most up-to-date clinical evidence and the hospital is pleased to report low levels of MRSA.

"Overall the numbers of cases are small in comparison with other trusts, nonetheless staff consider cleanliness, hygiene and high standards of clinical practice a high priority within the trust."

On Monday the Department of Health announced that specialists would be sent in to help the 20 NHS trusts with ... read more

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Can MRSA go unnoticed?
Posted by Joanne
Last Reply February 12, 2006 at 23:01
Started February 12, 2006 at 18:41
My mother-in-law suffered horrific burns in 2001 and was taken to Broomfield Hospital. She is currently there again having more treatment. Today she was told that when she was first in she had MRSA. My husbands family are still going to see her in hospital but now I am unsure what to do, especially as I have a 3 year old. I have no previous knowledge on this, so any help would be appreciated.

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infections
Posted by Nurse tackles hospital
Last Reply February 12, 2006 at 14:04
Started February 12, 2006 at 14:04
Nurse tackles hospital infections

Jan Clarkson will lead a team responsible for infection control
A nurse has been appointed by a Scottish health board to prevent hospital supberbugs such as MRSA.
NHS Lanarkshire said it was the first health board in Scotland to make such an appointment to tackle healthcare associated infection.

Jan Clarkson, from Carluke, leads a team which monitors and develops infection control standards.

She said: "I am looking forward to working towards a consistent approach to minimizing HAI within Lanarkshire."

NHS Lanarkshire said it was tackling HAI with a wide range of initiatives such as the Cleanliness Champions programme.

The health board has recently increased availability of alcohol-based hand gels near to patient beds.

This encourages staff and visitors to cleanse their hands after contact with a patient.

Local initiatives have included an infection control awareness week.




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mrsa
Posted by viv johnson
Last Reply February 11, 2006 at 23:03
Started February 5, 2006 at 13:38
i visited my mother in law regularly in her senior citizen,s home,cuddled her kissed her cheeks played dominoes with her etc,she went into hospital three months ago with a broken leg and it was found that she had mrsa,she has been in and out of hospital since then ,and we have spent many hours helping her feed and drink etc,i have washed my hands and used the spirigel provided regularly through our visits ,but im worried i have caught it before it was diagnosed,i have a soreness inside my left nostril that dosent seem to fully get better,it keeps flareing up,i have a sore throat,near my voice box,both sites of operations many years ago,now i feel sickly,achey,have i just caught a virus or what.can anyone advise
regards vivienne

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can someone help me please
Posted by michelle
Last Reply February 11, 2006 at 16:44
Started February 8, 2006 at 22:29
my 18 yr old son has cayght mrsa in kings lynn hosp, after corrective surgery to his feet. He then went back in with "trench foot", and 2 weeks ago they said mrsa positive. Since then he has been having Teicoplanin by vein infusion, he is going down again in the morning for a 2nd debriding(to apparently remove dead skin), and today they announced he was still mrsa positive.....as he was 18 in December 05, they won't tell me anything, my son is sasd and low, i am really worried about him, no-one seems to be able to tell us if the mrsa is the cause of the 2 further ops, has any one got any idea if mrsa causes skin to die? and how long they keep trying teicoplanin before they try Vancomycin....
Thanks
Michelle

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general question
Posted by Lucy
Last Reply February 11, 2006 at 16:24
Started February 11, 2006 at 16:19
Hello <
I am a recreation therapist and work in Adult Day program for frail seniors. I have been told that we are going to have a client enter our program with MRSA. She can not be treated with antibiotic because she gets diarehha
and can't take it. I am concerned that if she enters the program that one of our clients may recieve it, becasue our clients are very touchy feely and loving people. Due to the privacy act we can not tell our clietns that she has MRSA.
Our Health nurse has told us not to be concerned with this. I am concerned because my elderly aunt lives with me and she could get it. I am also concerned because clients could get it and could spread it to their family. Our clients are frail and would have a hard time fighting it.
Am I being parranoid??

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hi info
Posted by Taking on the hospital su
Last Reply February 10, 2006 at 22:35
Started February 10, 2006 at 22:35
MRSA hit squads are to be sent into hospital trusts to help them fight the potentially deadly infection.




MRSA is a bug resistant to the most commonly used antibiotics


Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust does not have the worst record on tackling MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) - but its senior management are far from complacent.

The trust is about two-thirds of the way down the table for the worst MRSA rates, and between 2004 and 2005 had 66 cases of MRSA bloodstream infections - a similar figure to the previous year.

It is one of three NHS trusts which have volunteered to take part in a government scheme in the hope it might learn new tips in win the war against the superbug.

The trust, which covers a huge area of rural Northumberland from the River Tyne to the Scottish border, decided to put itself forward because of the particular way its services are configured.

With three district general hospitals and seven cottage hospitals ser... read more

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The cost of HIT SQUADS
Posted by Moya
Last Reply February 10, 2006 at 17:06
Started February 9, 2006 at 19:08
'Hit squad' to cost hospital 500,000
A financial 'hit squad' being sent into St Richard's Hospital by the government will cost the hospital trust around 500,000 for six months' work, it was revealed this week.

The figure was obtained by Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie and Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert, who both said the money would have been better spent on health care.

As reported in last week's Observer, health secretary Patricia Hewitt has announced that she is sending what her department described as a turnaround team to the hospital, to help it sort out its long-running financial problems and huge deficit.

She said the aim was to help provide more cost effective services for patients.

Mr Tyrie said this week: "Only in the NHS could something as stupid as this be undertaken. The government is sending an expensive accounting team, at a cost of 500,000, to 'turn round' an institution.


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HOSPITAL TRUST RESIGNATIONS
Posted by Bev
Last Reply February 10, 2006 at 15:38
Started February 10, 2006 at 15:38
The chairman of an NHS trust which was heavily criticised in an independent report last year has resigned.
Steven Price has stood down from his position at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in Greater Manchester.

He said in a statement: "This is a decision which I have been thinking about for some time."

The trust covers North Manchester General Hospital in Crumpsall, Bury's Fairfield Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and the Royal Oldham Hospital.

Last week, it emerged an inquiry had begun at Fairfield after errors were found in heart ultrasound results.

Now is an appropriate time for me to make this announcement

Steven Price

Chief executive Chris Appleby indicated he would also be leaving after he has seen through consultations on the trust's future.

The report, by Professor Sir George Alberti and Doctor Joan Durose, made 25 recommendations for change when it was published last November.

It was commissioned by Greater Manchester Strategic Health ... read more

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peterborough news search and destroy does work
Posted by Bev
Last Reply February 9, 2006 at 18:11
Started February 8, 2006 at 15:17
HEALTH: 'Search and destroy' is winning MRSA war
A "SEARCH and destroy" policy against superbug MRSA has seen hospitals in the region climb up the national league table.
The rates of the potentially fatal infection have dropped at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust's hospitals Edith Cavell, Peterborough District and Stamford hospitals placing it joint third in a table of the best-performing hospitals in the country.
New figures released by the Department of Health show that just four cases of the bacterial infection were diagnosed between April and September last year in the three hospitals compared with 69 at the worst performing hospital in Brighton.

The trust's rate is just 0.04 per 1,000 "bed stays" or one person in hospital for one night.
Chris Wilkinson, director of nursing at the trust, was delighted that the hard work was paying off.
"It's brilliant news," she said. "What makes it even better is that the hospitals we are ranked alongside are... read more

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