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mrsa
Posted by Doctor ties
Last Reply February 21, 2006 at 20:22
Started February 21, 2006 at 20:22
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4735038.stm

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daily mail
Posted by Bev
Last Reply February 21, 2006 at 18:57
Started February 21, 2006 at 09:37
one in ten patients catches an infection in our hospitals
again from the report/press release by the BMA

they are calling for all the things MRSA Action UK has been calling for ~ seems the professionals are agreeing with us so in that case why can jayne keneddy and MS Hewit not see the wood for the trees

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Rachel
Posted by moderated
Last Reply February 21, 2006 at 15:16
Started February 21, 2006 at 07:54
Why was my reply to beejay (and his/her question) removed? I am very surprised if it was considered offensive in comparison to some of the regular postings on this site. If we allow students to get away with doing the absolute minimum they can get away with, how are we ever going to train researchers of the future who might be the ones to address the problems with MRSA that we have now.

For those who were denied the chance to see the question and reply, Beejay asked the group to supply him/her with information for an assignment on MRSA. He/she wanted to know the 5 w's - who, what, why. when and possibly where, and also asked for the group to provide a catchy title!

My response was to suggest that he/she get off down to the library and on the www and do some research that would provide these answers and possibly a catchy title in the process. I did use the word bum, I admit.

So moderator, tell me, what was so bad about that?


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BMA reports
Posted by Bev
Last Reply February 21, 2006 at 09:33
Started February 21, 2006 at 09:33
LOSE TIES TO FIGHT MRSA BUG
By Robert Stansfield
TIES and "functionless" clothes such as white coats should be abandoned to help combat deadly superbugs such as MRSA, a high-level report urged yesterday.

The British Medical Association said medical staff often wore them, but they were "rarely cleaned".

Another key suggestion was regular hand washing - something only 40 per cent of doctors do, said Dr Robert Spencer, of the Hospital Infection Society.

And visitors suffering from any form of infection - even a cold - should stay away from hospitals and fragile patients, said the report.

The BMA found there was about a one in 10 chance that people admitted into medical care would pick up an infection.

It said this could be slashed by 15 per cent if its advice was adopted, saving the NHS 150million a year.


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homeopathic remedies?
Posted by eddie
Last Reply February 20, 2006 at 11:31
Started February 20, 2006 at 11:31
are there any non-conventional remedies,creams or lotoins that "work" on `some` patients.
im willing to try anything that has been a success for someone else.
any sites that might be of help?
anything really?
ed

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happier times
Posted by eddie
Last Reply February 20, 2006 at 11:26
Started February 20, 2006 at 11:26
has anyone got any better views of mrsa.no-one seems to post after being cleared of mrsa.is this because no-one ever clears of it?
or that they just dont come back to report returning to normality.
our son has been told to look forward to plastic surgery now????????
is this standard procedure?

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Masked Dirt!!
Posted by marina minnery
Last Reply February 20, 2006 at 07:38
Started January 28, 2006 at 23:22
My husband has just been diagnosed with this virus. We know nothing about it, and have not recieved any advice from medical/nursing staff.
May I mention that I have noticed [in my many hours of hospital waiting rooms] that although cleaners 'buff' the floors to a high shine with huge machines, this process is merely polishing in the dirt! Surely the floors should be washed thouroughly with a solution of hot disinfected water? I note that this is common practice and the floors are then deemed 'clean'. I suppose that this is because they are shiny?!!!

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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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