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Mrsa or not??
Posted by Ric
Last Reply December 27, 2005 at 22:39
Started December 27, 2005 at 18:05
Does this sound familiar to any of you???
My father in law (nearly 90~) went in to hospital about a week ago with a urinary infection and chronic constipation. He came out looking better on Xmas Eve, but by Boxing Day had become incontinent with chronic diarrhoea, pneumonia type chest infection, and general confusion. Is this the onset of an MRSA type bug??. The hospital has taken blood tests but till now have not actually said what's wrong with him. The whole family are obviously very worried.

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What should I do? Plz Help
Posted by UnfortunatelyInfected
Last Reply December 26, 2005 at 19:55
Started December 19, 2005 at 15:49
I had my appendix removed this year at the end of February/Beginning of March. 1 Month later I had an extreme infection in my leg. I noticed it one day, it looked like a zit. By the end of the day, it was looking like a bad spider bite. I went to the hospital, never mentioning what i thought it was because i really didn't know. Well, they thought it was a spider bite, treated me for it with IV Drugs, then sent me home a day later. 2 Days later my leg was leaking nasty fluid and lots of it. The swollen part of my leg had swollen up even further and I ended up being hospitalized for a week. Needless to say I got better, but it has flared up again one time in the month of october, and again just 3 days ago. It seems if I catch it early enough and get treated, i can hold it off so its not bad. But this time, right now, i didnt catch it in time. Its on my waist area and I didnt even notice all the swelling. I have been reading about how alot of this infection is received whil... read more

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My 18 month old daughter
Posted by Sarah
Last Reply December 26, 2005 at 02:30
Started December 23, 2005 at 02:39
My 18 month old daughter was diag. with MRSA and Celulitus. Question is.. I have been told by one hand of people (doctors and nurses) have said that this is not common in children and something is wrong and then on the other hand, I have been told by people (some other doctors and nurses) that this is fine. I have been also told that this only really happens to nursing home patients. What am I to believe. If you have any information, feel free to inlight me. Thanks, Sarah

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mrsa nhs re goverment the blind leading the bl
Posted by ann
Last Reply December 23, 2005 at 20:45
Started December 23, 2005 at 20:45
After looking into the nhs re goverment on mrsa its the blind leading the blind,a cover up [YES]none of the hospitals told us what exactly went wrong and even the goverment we're saying nothing so who do i blame [BOTH]because they knew if it did get out there would be hell for both parties,i received a letter back from 10 downing street,asking tony blair why they did'nt act on mrsa when it could well have been avoided,ofcourse tony blair had someone write back saying how sorry he was that mum had died,but you know what got me,not a word on the letter i got back had mrsa and why's that because that would be them admitting to the facts,i'm keeping all letters from lawyers tony blair i've even got letters from nhs lawyers denying it was neglect i've also got word back from scottish party about my case,how much longer are they going to deny mrsa deaths,i for one will never give up my mum went to hell and back then died from mrsa it's time for the public to make a stand because no one el... read more

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Not notified about MRSA
Posted by Scotty66
Last Reply December 23, 2005 at 19:17
Started December 18, 2005 at 20:52
I wonder if anyone can help please, are hospitals under any obligation to notify a patient that they have MRSA and offer advice accordingly ?


Thanks,

Scott.

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MRSA in prostitutes
Posted by Peter
Last Reply December 23, 2005 at 19:09
Started December 22, 2005 at 21:16
A national newspaper has today reported that prostitiutes are carrying the deadly virus MRSA and passing it on when they "entertain clients".

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How long before MRSA makes you feel ill?
Posted by Dee
Last Reply December 23, 2005 at 16:42
Started December 23, 2005 at 15:19
Hi,

If someone becomes infected with MRSA, does anyone please know HOW LONG IT TAKES to start feeling ill ? Does it take hours OR days/weeks before it starts making you feel ill ? Can you "catch it" from, say for instance, reading a magazine/newspaper thats been handled by several other people if they are infected with it.
ALSO if you touch something/someone with your hand, thats got MRSA on it, could MRSA then travel straight to your lungs/chest & would it cause symptoms of flu etc. within hours ? Or does it take days/weeks to then infect you ?

Sorry for so many questions - but I would like to know because a relation has been in hospital for 36 hours & was due an op. which has now been postponed. This person "shared" their newspapers/magazines with all the other people on the ward & has come home today feeling pretty rough with a "tight chest". They've said the person in the next bed kept coughing & coughing. Presumably this is also how MRSA can also be "spread", as we... read more

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Dedications page
Posted by Bev
Last Reply December 22, 2005 at 12:59
Started December 8, 2005 at 09:15
MRSA Action UK set up a dedications/memorial page for victims of MRSA this is free to all members ~ this is a place for you to say a few lasting words for your loved ones
www.mrsaactionuk.com then click the dedications button half way down the home page

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Public monitoring ward superbugs
Posted by Public monitoring ward su
Last Reply December 21, 2005 at 23:30
Started September 19, 2005 at 23:42
Public monitoring ward superbugs

Bugwatch aims to address fears over healthcare-acquired infections
Hygiene standards at acute hospitals in Northern Ireland are to be monitored by members of the public in an attempt to curb the spread of superbugs like MRSA.
The Bugwatch surveys by the province's four health and social service councils are aimed at easing public concerns.

The independent watchdogs were set up by the government to represent the opinions of non-health professionals.

Volunteers will examine handwashing facilities on wards, laundry sorting and displays of advice to visitors.

Bugwatch begins at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital on Monday and will cover eight main hospitals across Northern Ireland.

The councils will use their findings to support their work in representing the public about infection control.

Response to concern

Stella Cunningham, chief officer of the southern HSSC, said it was a response to increasing public concern about ... read more

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complaining to nurses are people to affraid to
Posted by ann
Last Reply December 20, 2005 at 18:08
Started December 20, 2005 at 18:08
after sleeping in a nurse barrier room for 10 or so wks i was speaking to a lot of people that we're coming and going a few of us spoke about the state of the old royal infirmary edinburgh,even a couple of domestics say its a mess.anyway my point is when i told them to report it to staff they were to scaed,i asked why and a simple answer from most of them i spoke to said if they did put a complaint in they were scared there family or friends might not get treated the way they should,they we're scared and i knew a few of the people that came in,what i'm trying to explain is[don't put it of telling the nurses you're concerns for the people they care for they are being paid to do just that]if you go and visit again and you're still not happy report the complaint in writing to the executives about you're worries,but everyone needs to do it now it could well save a life.ann scotland

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List of Hospitals?
Posted by Jude
Last Reply December 20, 2005 at 16:30
Started December 15, 2005 at 07:45
Hi
My 82yr old mum was taken into Fairfield Hospital in Bury Lancs almost 3 weeks ago and was put in isolation with MRSA last Saturday. The hospital lied about why she was in isolation until Monday! They have said there is nothing to worry about!!! They are giving very little info even when asked directly. One nurse wanders in and out of the room without gown or gloves and told my sister "it's ok I won't be touching anything". If they are all that stupid how the hell are we supposed to improve conditions. I'd like to find a site with a list of hospitals where you can add your name if you know of a case of MRSA there. For all to view the number of entries each has.

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HCC report on our hospitals
Posted by Bev
Last Reply December 16, 2005 at 18:34
Started December 15, 2005 at 08:52
Two-thirds of hospitals are failing to meet the highest standards of
cleanliness, the results of spot-checks revealed today.
The Healthcare Commission inspected 99 NHS and private hospitals during
unannounced visits to prevent "late clean-up operations".
They found that a third - 33 hospitals - were achieving the highest standards
in cleanliness across the board.
But two-thirds of the hospitals visited were not achieving the highest
standards, with mental health hospitals performing particularly badly.
The commission chose the hospitals to inspect according to data identifying a
selection of apparently poor performers and some good performers.
The inspectors looked at medical equipment, beds, sinks, bedpans and toilets,
as well as checking for spillages, blood, general stains and dust.
The results showed that 33 hospitals fell in the top band 1 of the assessment
scoring, with cleanliness scores of between 91% and 100%.
A further 43 failed to perfor... read more

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MRSA Pertition
Posted by jewelz
Last Reply December 15, 2005 at 15:51
Started November 25, 2005 at 13:53
Sorry to start a new topic up but I posted and couldnt find my post. My daughter is 5 years old and has yet her whole life to live. During this she will get ill with coughs colds chest infections and so on. and have accidents and cuts and wounds just like any other child. You can wrap them up in cotton wool and stop them having fun and living life to the fullest.

She has now caught the bug MRSA from hospital after having 2 operations on her hips and I heard about this pertition going round and I for one would love to put both my name and hers down if it will help us all.

im jewelz lovelock from kent and my daughter is abbie sky lovelock from kent.

Not only did she catch the MRSA bug but another kinda bug on top of that. She was confinded in a cubical for 3 weeks.

Im happy to report she is well and healthy but she still has MRSA in her wound and I was told they cant get rid of it all.

I asked for a letter saying that she is 100% well and cured to go home now as they se... read more

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MRSA
Posted by Giles
Last Reply December 15, 2005 at 11:10
Started December 15, 2005 at 10:22
Does anyone know the recent MRSA rate for the Birmingham Orthopaedic Hospital?

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Management of Staph aureu
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply December 15, 2005 at 09:03
Started December 14, 2005 at 13:14
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20051215/2474.html

This article has just been published in the American Family Physician and appears to be a very concise account of the current management and treatment of MRSA, including the cost of various drugs and the best of use of particular drugs.

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sinus infections
Posted by Jenny / UK
Last Reply December 14, 2005
Started August 17, 2005 at 13:20
I have had to endure my fourth course of antibiotics for repeated sinus infections in the past year. I work within health care and come into contac with MRSA+ patients. I now have the most awfull green slough discharging from my nose each morning. I went to my doctor who was reluctant to swab for MRSA (one can only presume because of the cost !!)
Does anyone think that it is likely that MRSA could be present on my nasal lining, are there any obvious symptoms apart from the discharge and what do I do next ??? any advice greatly recieved. thanks

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MRSA
Posted by CAROL RN
Last Reply December 13, 2005 at 20:34
Started May 2, 2005 at 23:05
WHY IS EVERYBODY FOCUS ON THIS BUG THEIR IS LOTS MORE BUGS WHICH IS MORE INFECTOUS THAN THIS ONE i THINK THAT EVERYONE IS GOING A BIT OVER THE TOP ON THIS.
GET A GRIP EVERYONE
TREAT EVERYONE AS THOUGH THEY HAVE A INFECTOUS DISEASE
WASH YOUR HANDS , NOT ROCKET SCIENCE IS IT.?

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Carers
Posted by Barry
Last Reply December 11, 2005 at 15:38
Started December 11, 2005 at 15:21
My wife in the course of her work comes into close physical contact Putting person to bed etc.)with a MRSA sufferer
What precautions should she be taking to prevent infection and what would prevent her carrying out these duties
ie Ilnesses, operations, cuts or whatever


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MRSA
Posted by Val
Last Reply December 10, 2005 at 17:38
Started December 10, 2005 at 16:08
Hi - two months ago my mum was told that she required heart surgery (to a main valve). She had the surgery approximately one month ago and was okay for two days. She then had a cardiac arrest which has now resulted in her eventually (after mouth breathing tube) having a traciostomy. She has been on the traci for 23 days. We have been told that the muscles around her lungs are very weak because of the assisted breathing and that her lungs are in a bad state because of smoking. She is 81 years and led a very active life before this diagnosis. She has now been diagnosed with MRSA by taking samples from her blood and sputum. I am assuming that the MRSA is now in her blood stream and on her chest. Does anyone know if this means that the MRSA can spread to her wounds (ie the traci, neck line for drugs, cafater, etc)?

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going back into hospital
Posted by sharron ruddy
Last Reply December 10, 2005 at 12:18
Started December 4, 2005 at 22:42
hi there
i would like to no if,when i go into hospital this thursday and had mrsa will i be going back into isolation agian before my op or after my op would anyone please answer me before i go back in thanks

best wishes
sharron

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