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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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why cant all hospitals be vigilant
Posted by liz
Last Reply February 5, 2006
Started January 7, 2006 at 22:43
having lost my 16 year old son to mrsa in august 2004 the thaught of even entering a hospital filled me with dread so when my 70 year old father in law was critically ill and being informed he would be going to the same hospital you can imagine how i felt fortunately for us he was taken to st Thomas's Hospital in London, after having two operations one of them very serious all i can do is praise them for their infection control policy> I nor my family can speak highly enough of the way they were trying to keep down the spread of infection intensive care was cleaned thoroughly by the cleaners and the nursing staff cleaned down their own bed spaces after every change over very impressed and they were closely monitering who came and went and their hygeine not being afraid to question anyone wether they were visitors, drs or even mr as you can imagine we had nothing to thank the nhs for but after saving my father in laws life we are beginning to have a bit of faith in it. but it begs to... read more

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mrsa in a operaton wound
Posted by carol mitchell
Last Reply February 4, 2006 at 20:00
Started February 4, 2006 at 12:14
i have just come home from hospital having my gall bladder removed ; three of my wounds are healing nicely but my doc says my tummy button one may have a infecton. she has taken a swab and put me on a course of antibiotics. what symptons should i have if i have mrsa.

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MRSA Scotland
Posted by Scott Anderson
Last Reply February 4, 2006 at 11:36
Started January 7, 2006 at 11:13
Guys I have started another forum for sufferers in Scotland.

The intention is not to deflect people away from this forum or MRSA Support as I am placing links to these sites in a prominent position. If we can all come together as previously stated we might get some action done.

If there are any Scottish users on and would like to become a moderator and help highlight the appalling state of Scottish Hospital then please email me at

Bev, Anne if you can give me any advice please do so.

To visit please go to:



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Learning Disabilities Accessible Information
Posted by Christine
Last Reply February 2, 2006 at 16:01
Started February 2, 2006 at 15:59
I work for a health information service in Barnet, north London. I am trying to find information about infection control and MRSA that would be accessible to people with learning disabilities, ideally in video or DVD format.

Can anyone recommend a suitable resource?

Thank you.

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mistreatment of mrsa
Posted by c wilson
Last Reply February 2, 2006 at 12:59
Started February 2, 2006 at 09:56

i have a question regarding the treatment of mrsa.
my question is this if a person is being treated for mrsa with drugs and barrier nursing then it is then stated that the person does not seem to have mrsa would the drug treatment cause any effects or have a effect on other illnesses the person may have


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Family MRSA-Community
Posted by Robyn
Last Reply February 1, 2006 at 19:33
Started February 1, 2006 at 15:55
I found your discussion board and am hoping someone can offer any advice.My 2-yr-old was infected a year ago and has had many MRSA bumps and illness from it and it scars her. My 14-yr-old just contracted it 2 weeks ago in boil form under her arm and now I have the same. All I keep reading is that it's contracted in the hospital, but we never stayed there. I think the baby got it from a crowded daycare. Is MRSA for life? I feel like we have AIDS or something bad and don't know whether to tell my boss I have it (i'm in healthcare field), or what I should do. Any answers on Community-acquired MRSA would be appreciated. Our Doctors say if the Bactrim pills don't work anymore, we will all have to get IV therapy.

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Going into hospital/already got MRSA
Posted by Abb
Last Reply February 1, 2006 at 11:20
Started January 31, 2006 at 12:29
Please can anyone tell me what to expect? I need an operation - but I am infected with MRSA (in my sputum). My GP just keeps saying that the "Lab" results state to ONLY treat it IF "it's causing problems". Trying to get my Doctor to understand that IT IS causing me problems, seems to be an uphill battle. I get disgusting sputum from my chest (and suffer with terrible sinus pain, where I think I also have MRSA judging from the putrid discharge I get in the back x my throat from my sinuses).

When I HAVE managed to "persuade" the GP to prescribe me something again to help get rid of the MRSA in my lungs, he just prescribes ORDINARY antibiotics - not the ones stated on this site.

I was diagnosed with MRSA 18 months ago after 1 of my lungs collapsed following an operation. I was given antibiotics intravenously in hospital, but when I was discharged the awful sputum started again, & as stated above, trying to get the local doctors to do anything is an uphill struggle.

The la... read more

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Im a student nurse - can anyone help?
Posted by Louise
Last Reply January 31, 2006 at 20:03
Started January 16, 2006 at 22:46
Hello to you all, I am a student nurse located in the West midlands, I am writing a report to create awareness within the trust I work for about the spread of MRSA (it is aimed at patients, staff and relatives), I would like to hear off those of you who have either suffered or know of someone who has suffered with an infected wound as a result of MRSA - what nursing care did you recieve? Were you barrier nursed or isolated? What sort of communication did you receive from staff? Also how was the mrsa treated?

Any reply would be greatly appreciated - for those who are ill I wish you all the best and for those who have lost loved ones you have my deepest sympathy.

Thank you

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how do you get mrsa
Posted by adam
Last Reply January 30, 2006 at 22:11
Started January 30, 2006 at 20:51
can you get it a hospital?
can you get it in your home??
can you get it from chemical expoiser??

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m r s a
Posted by bernard mc gough
Last Reply January 30, 2006 at 17:09
Started January 30, 2006 at 15:29
i caught mrsa in hospital when i got out after nine and a half months ihad a relapse after six months and noything had changed.So i got up at five in the morning and found a photo copier and printed signs and put them all over the hospital even on icu there was hell on iwas caught on camera but when they seen who it was no body said a word i am now retired through the damage it caused
thank you

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