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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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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 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
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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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

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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Posted by CAROL RN
Last Reply December 13, 2005 at 20:34
Started May 2, 2005 at 23:05

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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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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

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Healthcare sham.
Posted by Wendy
Last Reply December 9, 2005 at 15:32
Started October 24, 2005 at 16:49
We are coming up to 2 years since the loss of my dad,and since getting nowhere like everyone else we put it in the hands of the Healthcare Commissions.We have found out today that the HCC are getting a report ready(which is due to us in late November)and once they have sent it to us they basically dismiss the case.I cannot believe that we have put our faith and confidence in the HCC over the last year and a half and we get told that we will not get any satisfaction or help or answers from either the hospital or the HCC.DONT GO TO THE HEALTHCARE COMMISSION.They are so slow and they dont work for you, all they do is try and better the hospitals with your comments and questions.They will file this complaint along with everyone elses and it will be forgotten.As for us we will take action, and we will have to go down different avenues to get any results or questions we need answereing.I hope not too many others like us have fallen for the promises of the HCC.Thanks wendy.

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MRSA abdominal infection 30 cm x 10+ cm deep
Posted by MRSA victim
Last Reply December 9, 2005 at 15:25
Started November 19, 2005 at 07:54
Hi, I live in the United States and contracted MRSA (and other bacterias) during surgery for what I call an attempted hysterectomy, probably was contracted in the OR. Suffice to say they never got all of my repro organs out, I wound up with a severe MRSA infection that almost killed me, when I complained of drainage from the site they said no worries. Long story short 10 days post op I could see clear into the site of the surgery, they took a scalpel and opened the area with tons of water pouring out of it. Sent me home, 1 1/2 days later I entered the hosp febrile and in severe pain with a 30 cm wide by 10 1/2 cm deep wide open wound. They were debreeding it twice daily (tons necrotic tissue) and I was put in a room with a woman who had a LUNG TRANSPLANT who was immuno suppressed! When a resident FINALLY checked the culture 6 days after it was done and saw what I had I was moved to isolation for 3 weeks and put on vancomycin which took time to "work". I went home with that wou... read more

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negligence re compensation nhs re goverment
Posted by ann
Last Reply December 9, 2005 at 15:11
Started December 9, 2005 at 15:11
judging all i've read on mrsa the death rates are still going up just looking at the ammount of people on this forum its way out of control,the sick the dying and the dead,what in gods name are the nhs re goverment doing [oh yes taking action]well so far nothing has changed,they've had plenty of time to making changes if they dont move there's going to be a huge list of our names at the courts,if the executives at all the hospitals just sit back knowing people are still dying then they should be the ones going to court by deaths of negligence they know only to well whats going on.we in scotland have a team of lawyers they have already stared serving the nhs with court papers so looks like they're going to court here,and not before time,the nhs would have been honest about mrsa to begin with then it might have saved them from any shame but no they chose to lie,well not anymore your're going to be in court and you know only to well all this pain and heartache could have and should hav... read more

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MRSA won't stay away
Posted by Evette
Last Reply December 9, 2005 at 14:47
Started December 7, 2005
I contracted MRSA in my sinuses in Nov 2003 and was treated with a one month dose of Zyvox. It came back in Nov 2004 and I was treated with a 7 day dose of Zyvox. It came back again in October 2005 and I was again treated with a 7 day dose of Zyvox. It has come back yet again in December 2005 and I am waiting to see the doctor. Is there anything I can do to make it stay away or can I be tested for a lack of something in my system? Is there a better drug to treat it? Do I need to be admitted to the hospital?

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kinds of mrsa
Posted by martel
Last Reply December 9, 2005 at 08:51
Started December 9, 2005 at 08:41
i have from what i've gathered from the doctors ca-mrsa on my skin.can it go into your blood,lungs,or sinuses?if so how does that effect how it is spread?how can you find out what kind of mrsa you have.all the doctors tell me not to worry they did a culture on a wound and found it but how do i know it isnt in my blood or nose?

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