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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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MRSA Latest figures
Posted by Maria
Last Reply February 7, 2006 at 10:14
Started February 7, 2006 at 10:10
The latest figures showing MRSA bloodstream infection rates have been published today.

See the Daily Mail article at

This does not reflect the true extent of the problem as this only accounts for bloodstream infections. As many of us know surgical site wounds, catheter infections, and other site wounds are not counted, yet these infections continue to cause misery and cost lives.

The new performance measures now assume a 20% projected improvement, therefore even if a trust is not performing well the figures are massaged.

More covering up, its time for honesty.

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Wishing to contact
Posted by Marty
Last Reply February 7, 2006
Started February 7, 2006
I saw the news feature on the bbc about M.R.S.A and wish to contact Mr Tony Field i he logs in here or anyone can pass this on to him please do so,

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help for kids
Posted by need help
Last Reply February 7, 2006
Started February 5, 2006 at 18:38
i am a 14 year old girl and my grandad is in hosital no one at the hospital or in my family will tell whats happening they say i am to young to nobut iam not i need some help now please

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carrying MRSA
Posted by bex
Last Reply February 6, 2006 at 19:22
Started February 6, 2006 at 17:37
if your working in a hospital environment how common is it to be carrying MRSA up your nose and not even know about it?

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Posted by x x x x x x
Last Reply February 6, 2006 at 18:42
Started February 6, 2006 at 17:30
i can say that when i was at the hospital on an everyday hospital, quite alot was being done to combat MRSA! This includes hand washing between every patient either using soap and water or alcohol gel, putting people in isolation rooms that had MRSA to keep others safe from getting it, the ward was cleaned from top to bottom everyday and disinfected and day to day swabbing was done so staff could keep an eye on the infection. If everyone in the hospital environment including staff, patients and visitors stuck by the rules then MRSA wouldnt be as bad as it is now. its just getting everybody to do it thats the problem!!!!!!!

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Posted by Kate
Last Reply February 6, 2006 at 06:58
Started February 5, 2006 at 23:48
My Mum (aged 85) has tested positive for both following surgery in Birmingham. She has had IV and oral vancomycin for over 3 weeks and is now neg. for c-diff. She has been very ill and I believe near death. She is now a little better thankfully. What questions should I be asking? What treatment should she expect for the MRSA on her surgical wounds? Is she perhaps over the worst?

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sad news
Posted by Bev
Last Reply February 5, 2006 at 18:45
Started January 24, 2006 at 15:41
i have just had linda McCafferty on the phone sad;y her mother passed away in the early hours of this morning i know many of you would want to offer your condolences to linda and her family and she gave me permission to pass on this message to all of you. As usual the Hospital did not put MRSA on linda's mothers DC

from me personally linda i am truly sorry for all your mother and your family have had to go thru and when you are ready we will take up the battle on your behalf

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I'm back !!!
Posted by Scott
Last Reply February 5, 2006 at 15:48
Started February 5, 2006 at 01:01
Thanks for the concern guys,

been taking it easy last week or so, no computer etc..

still feeling like sh*t, I think I am going to turn blue with these aquasept baths etc..some good news mrsa no longer in armpit wound or throat but still in groin wounds, left armpit and nasal, anyway as nurse says got is got i suppose...going back into hos in a fortnight for yst another colonoscopy and then hopefully the plastic surgeons will get moving, I have also to get a capsule endoscopy......I shall have a look thru posts lots to catch up on.



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Posted by Scott
Last Reply February 5, 2006 at 09:05
Started February 5, 2006 at 01:10
registration shall be with you next week, bev do you have any flyers for mrsa action ?

also folks my new email is

if anybody wants a gmail accoumt send me an email and I shall send you an invite.


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Posted by Scott
Last Reply February 5, 2006 at 02:46
Started February 5, 2006 at 01:07
so sorry to hear about your mum, at least now she is at peace and painless, i just despair at the lack of care when it comes to mrsa.....if you need someone to dump on at anytime linda go over to my site and pm me...even if it's just a rant.

your mums in my prayers tonight.


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