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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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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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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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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 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....

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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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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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Last Reply February 9, 2006 at 16:27
Started May 17, 2005 at 16:00
24 liesure centres in Scotland have been tested and MRSA 'colonies' were found to be endemic (May 15th). Tests are continuing but if eveidence from the USA is anything to go by they have had many seriuous ilnesses reported from sharing gym equipment. The answer to this in Japan, where SARS added to the resistance to use comunal gym equipment, was to coat all such rooms and equipment in a photocatalyst. This in the UK is known as 'lightclean' and renders any surface permanently free of bacteria.

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MRSA Hit Squads
Posted by Phip
Last Reply February 8, 2006 at 10:29
Started February 6, 2006 at 14:23
Following info taken from BBC Website health pages :

'Hit squads' to help tackle MRSA

MRSA is linked to nearly 1,000 deaths each year
Hit squads are to be sent into the 20 NHS trusts with the worst record on tackling the superbug MRSA, the Department of Health has announced.
In all, half of trusts in England are making poor progress towards a target to cut MRSA infections by 50% by 2008.

Latest figures show 3,689 MRSA cases in hospitals from October 2004 to March 2005, up 55 compared to the same period the previous year.

Health Minister Jane Kennedy said she was disappointed with the results.

To reinforce the efforts at trusts that are furthest from their targets I am setting up teams of specialists to work with them through 2006.

Jane Kennedy
Health minister

She said the worst performers would be helped by crack teams of s... read more

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Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply February 8, 2006 at 09:35
Started January 12, 2006
could anybody tell me how long is the treatment (days, weeks) what i really mean is, you know how your antibiotics when you are given them you finish the course "5 days 7 days etc,etc, i mean how long usually is vancomycin given for , i know this is expensive but how long is the treatment usually prescribed for ,i have tryed google read a lot, but could not find anything on how long administrated ,i know this is a medical question but if anybody was on vancomycin, please could you post how long you recieved your treatment for...........THANKS

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at last had my op
Posted by sharron
Last Reply February 8, 2006 at 09:31
Started January 19, 2006 at 18:05
hi there everyone yes its me i had my op done yesterday afternoon and everything went well got home this morning and i am glad its all done now.Feel a bit sore but that will soon heal just thought i would let yous no and by the way my screening came back all clear so that was good news now its just to keep infection away from my new wounds so heres hopeing.
best wishes
sharron xx

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mrsa in hospitals
Posted by Carole Rohan
Last Reply February 8, 2006
Started February 8, 2006
It astounds me that nurses doctors cleaners porters etc and visitors, walk in off the streets in outdoor shoes that have trodden in goodness knows what filth and walk straight in to a ward of sick, postoperative or injured patients.

Is it not common sense that medical personnel should wear indoor shoes at work and that all visitors should put on some kind of protective overshoe when visiting patients in hospital.

This may not eradicate the bugs, but it would ensure that less dirt and germs enter hospital in the first place and leave them easier to kep cleaner.

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