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MRSA Positive
Posted by yvonne
Last Reply January 2, 2006 at 16:00
Started January 2, 2006 at 16:00
Hi juliet
Yvonne here i'm sorry that i haven't been incontact
with you before now as my computer was broken .
juliet when were you talking to me in the hospital was it when i just had shelly or was it when shelly was in her self for three months . Hope to hear from you soon.... yvonne

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MRSA Positive
Posted by Yvonne
Last Reply January 2, 2006 at 15:43
Started August 31, 2005 at 20:05
Hello there Maria and Bev

The only thing that i need to worry about septaceima is that if someone who has septaceima and have an open wound and if shelly has an open wound and they conect with one and other apart from that i have got nothing else to worry about with septaceima and with the chance of that happening is one in a million and i feel a lot better about it now. I have already been incontact with a lawyer about
I am sorry that i haven't replyed to you's sooner than this.

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Posted by julie cass
Last Reply January 2, 2006 at 14:56
Started January 1, 2006 at 18:28
I had a stay in the the general hospital in colchester last may due to meningitis, was in 'isolation' for a week but then transferred onto a normal ward. whilst recovering there i had the most awful diarreaha, the nurses were informed but they said it was due to the anti viral drugs that i had taken and no stool test was taken. the toilets were in a terribal state and it was a nightmare trying to find one clean in time for me to use. on my return home i had pain in my toes and the outerside of my foot which is still here today. my gp has sent me back to the neurologist for tests and i am waiting for a mri scan (could be months). in the meantime i was stung by some sort of insect on the 13th sept on my way to tenerife, although i believe it was in this country that it had happened. whilst away i noticed this sting was a bit weepy and extremely inflamed. this 'sting bite' grew and grew until it was very messy and causing problems with pain etc. antibiotics were prescribed to no avail ... read more

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MRSA at christmas
Posted by John
Last Reply January 1, 2006 at 23:26
Started December 22, 2005 at 21:11
Lets hope that not too many patients get MRSA for christmas. This seems to be the only present that the NHS will give them. xxx

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Not sure what to do!
Posted by Christine Moody
Last Reply December 31, 2005 at 21:48
Started October 15, 2004 at 06:18
8 months ago I developed a boil on my neck which grew to the size of a golf ball, it was very painful and took 3 weeks to go. I have since had 24 more in various places on my body, antibiotics have been unsuccessful, not surprisingly as it has been diagnosed as MRSA. Fortunately I have suffered no fever however I have now developed lumps in my groin (lymph glands I presume) and am concerned that the bacteria is getting nearer to my bloodstream. I am seeing my GP who is trying to boost my immune system (which is apparently very low) so I can fight the bacteria. I know I am not a critical case but am concerned there seems no end to it and the situation is worsening. At what point do I insist on IV antibiotic treatment or do I wait til I get a fever? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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MRSA in human-do pets need treatment?
Posted by joni
Last Reply December 30, 2005 at 17:42
Started December 20, 2005
I have a close friend that was diagnosed with MRSA. He has an infant- does he need to be concerned with the baby getting it? Also, he has read that his pets need to be treated to prevent reinfection to him. Help please...

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MRSA Policy in UK
Posted by Marc
Last Reply December 30, 2005 at 17:29
Started December 12, 2005 at 17:10
Hi, i know this is a difficult topic to talk about, but I am doing an assignment regarding the problems with the policy formulation introducing a strategy to tackle the MRSA outbreak.

Basically does anyone know of any reasons why the formulation and strategy did not work. From what i have researched, the policy was formulated by the Department of Health, but obviously problems arose, and it took a while for the policy to filter down.

Any information about the MRSA policy, the organisations involved, and the exact problems that arose would be much appreciated, ill check back here, or if anyone wants to contact me my email is

By the end of this assignment i should be an expert as to why MRSA policy in the UK has not been succesful.

Thanks guys.

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lawyers set for court in january
Posted by ann
Last Reply December 30, 2005 at 17:13
Started December 30, 2005 at 17:13
this is going to be a bad year for nhs re goverment,lawyers in edinburgh have now gone ahead to take them to court,if you are one of many people who put in a claim against nhs re goverment even three years ago dont give up hope,my lawyer and others got a continuence for claims.
i think the goverment are hoping that cases that went in three years ago cant get compensation,they are so wrong i'm glad to say,if you did'nt carry you're claim on they know they dont have to pay,so if you are nearing you're three years ask you're lawyer now for a continuence or you're fight for justice will go out the window,mrsa is such a big issue now Mr.Blair will be praying that some people don't know there rights,so now our thread know take action asap and that goes for all mrsa cases.ann scotland

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Septic Arthritus
Posted by Michael King
Last Reply December 29, 2005 at 15:23
Started December 28, 2005 at 19:04
I developed a staph infection 4 months after receiviving a total knee replacement in April of 2005. The infection began in late August and continues today. I have taken vancomyicin (I'm alergic), cubicin, zyvox, synercide, and now tigercycline with no positive results. I have also taken riffampin. The knee was removed in November and I had to surgeries in December (3 days apart) to clean out the site and start a new antibiotic (tigercycline). I'm running out of options. Any thoughts?

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John Reid Meets Brian Bennett
Posted by Carl
Last Reply December 28, 2005 at 16:02
Started April 18, 2005 at 20:18
Some of you may have read my previous post on this forum (letter FAO Brian Bennett). Well, another post that has caught my attention relates to the red tape holding up Brian Bennetts wonder cream. I notice that some of Brian Bennetts pevious friends have paid particular attention to this web page and have posted their comments. These people seem un Con Vinced by some claims made. I for one fall in to this camp. I too am unconvinced. But who are we to pass judgement? Such powerful and influential people as John Reid and even the Sun Newspaper(?) are convinced. Let us not forget the extremely wealthy individuals who have been convinced in to investing in Brian Bennett. What is it that has made these new found friends believe so strongly in this cream? I would like to be equally influenced.

It would appear to me that perhaps Brian Bennetts profile is far more humble than i believed. My collegues and i cannot deny that my previous post may have opended the proverbial can of worms, bu... read more

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Posted by John Barford
Last Reply December 28, 2005 at 15:31
Started December 14, 2005 at 17:39
My daughter, Rachael, is 25 years old. She had surgery on her broken leg the first of September, 2005. The last week of November she complained of a bump on her surgical area of the leg. The 5th of December she was feverish and the leg area swelled. Her mother took her to the doctor on the 7th and they admitted her to the hospital. After test results they determined she had MRSA. She was released for home care on the 12th and her mother administers Vancomycin in the surgically implanted IV. A health care nurse visits on regular basis and took a blood sample on the 13th. Rachael has a 2 year old son. Should he be exposed to this or should we keep him away? Are there any immediate signs to look for in case hospital care in needed?

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Health Care Commision
Posted by Andy
Last Reply December 28, 2005 at 10:45
Started December 27, 2005 at 18:19
Health bosses 'too busy' to investigate mum's MRSA death

THE daughter of an MRSA victim has been told a health watchdog is too busy to review the case.

Bev Hurst, 48, is furious that after 30 months trying to find out how her mother Margaret Rowley contracted the deadly bug at Bury's Fairfield General she has now come up against a brick wall.

She wrote to the Healthcare Commission two weeks ago asking them to start an independent review of her 70-year-old mother's care and her death in June 2003.

Mrs Hurst, a mum-of-two from Wigan, was shocked when they replied saying: "When a request for review is received our usual process would be for it to be allocated to a case manager.

"As we have received considerably more new cases than we are currently able to allocate to case managers, there will, unfortunately, be a delay in progressing your case."


The Healthcare Commission admits it has been inundated with more complaints than it can cope with and can't say... read more

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mrsa everywhere... step up awareness
Posted by Luke
Last Reply December 28, 2005 at 10:41
Started December 22, 2005 at 08:21
My gramp has recently been diagnosed with mrsa. He has been in the JR hospital for 10 weeks and only after being transferred to another hospital was told that he had the bug. The new hospital were furious that he had been transferreed with the bug but the opinion from the JR was that 'everyone here has it'. This 'what do you expect' attitude clearly reflects the fact that many hospital staff do not take mrsa seriously... I have been to JR several times and they have those hand wash things everywhere - it appears that it will take many more preventative methods than a bacterial hand and arm wash to tackle the extent of this disease. I didn't even know why I was washing my hands in there..... call me ignorant but where's the awareness?????

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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 ?



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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

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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