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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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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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MRSA and Immune system
Posted by Paul
Last Reply December 8, 2005 at 22:53
Started October 17, 2005 at 20:47
Hi does anyone now how suffering with MRSA effects the immune system, my Father has had the infection for 4 years and has recently gone back into hospital and has picked up Cryptosporidium and a chest infection I am assuming that the chest infection is part of the Cryptosporidium anyone got any knowlegde of this please

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MRSA Pain 10 months after Healing
Posted by Roshanna
Last Reply December 7, 2005 at 22:05
Started December 7, 2005 at 22:05
I had my 2nd Csection in February of 2005. My 2year old at the time had been battling MRSA for a year. I proceeded to catch it from her while healing from the surgery. My whole incision was infected with MRSA. It has been healed for 9 or 10 months, but is still very painfull if i exercise or stay on my feet too long. Its a deep stabbing, and pinching pain that has not gone away. I have tested negative for teh infection durring this time, so I am sure I dont have it anymore. But, is it possibel to have pain in my uterus and incision site forever due to the massive infection I once had. Also, my OB/GYN told me when he did my last C-section that my ueterus was ripping apart at the scar tissue of the incision site of my 1st csection. I remember feeling a similar pain like the one I am having now before birth. Is it possible its separating again?

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MRSA
Posted by ian
Last Reply December 7, 2005 at 20:19
Started January 10, 2005 at 18:58
My girlfriend has been recently diagnosed with MRSA, and I am really worried that I may have spread the bacteria to my friends and family.

Is there a way I can check to see if I am a host of the bacteria, and also does anyone know who contagious this thing is?

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MRSA
Posted by CAROLE
Last Reply December 7, 2005 at 12:24
Started December 2, 2005
MY DAUGHTER HAS GOT MRSA IN HER EARS WHICH SPREEDS TO HER NOSE.HER EARS ARE A RIGHT MESS AND NOW SHES HAVING TROUBLE EARING.IV BEEN TRYING FOR 7 MONTHS FOR THE DOCTORS TO HELP ME BUT THEY JUST GAVE HER DROPS WHICH CLEARS THE INFECTION UP BUT WHEN SHE STOPS HAVEING THEM IT JUST COMES BACK.BECAUSE SHE HAS GOT MRSA ALOT OF DOCTORS SURGERYS WOULD NOT SEE HER.SHE HAS NOW GOING TO HOSPITSL WITH IT BECAUSE IT HAS GOT THAT BAD.I STILL DONT KNOW HOW SHE HAS GOT IT BECAUSE I THOUGHT YOU CAUGHT IT IN HOSPITALS BUT SHES NEVER BEEN IN.I JUST CARNT GET ANY ANSWERS FROM ANY WHERE.

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MRSA
Posted by Janet Cross
Last Reply December 7, 2005 at 05:17
Started November 21, 2005 at 16:00
My husband had an ingrowing toenail infection and went for an Angioplasty pre a 5 coronary heart bypass. Whilst waiting for this bypass his toe got increasingly worse and was suspected to have circulation problems in his toes due to the angioplasty and the consultant said he suspected that some debris had come away and blocked the circulation temporarily. The toe just went worse and he was finally admitted into hospital for his bypass which went really well. The took a swab of the toe while he was in and it came back as MRSA. They put him on IV Teicoplanin for a week and as he wasn't eating nor drinking and generally getting weaker let him come home and I nursed him and he is now eating and drinking back to normal and is fine apart from having a real bad bout of constipation which I think is now under control. However, the swab result has come back from the district nurse dressing the toe and it is still showing MRSA They have given him 3 days supply of Tremethoprim 200mgs and ... read more

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update to downing st 28th November 2005
Posted by Bev
Last Reply December 7, 2005 at 02:09
Started November 30, 2005 at 20:33
The petition for presentation to Downing Street finally attracted almost 6000 signatures.

upon leaving for london ~ granada reports interviewed Bev Hurst and mavis law ~ Moya stevenson was interviewed by central Tv

Prior to the presentation of the petition Mavis Law and Tom Snowball had given interviews to Sky News on their personal experience of MRSA.

We met as planned at the Cenotaph and the MRSA Action UK banner, generously donated by Toray Textiles Europe, was prominently displayed on the opposite side of Parliament Street by our members and supporters. Many people had travelled hundreds of miles to give their support and we are sincerely grateful for their attendance. Prior to proceeding to Downing Street we were met by Bev's MP Andy Burnham who wished us luck in our endeavours.

six delegates of MRSA Action UK were met at the gates of Downing Street by Mavis Law’s MP (Stephen O’Brien) to present the petition to Number 10. Members of the media had gathered opposi... read more

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Hand-washing
Posted by Looby Lou
Last Reply December 6, 2005 at 09:38
Started January 12, 2005 at 02:35
I am a medical student and working on the wards I was absolutely SHOCKED by the lack of hand washing that occurs. There has been quite a number of occasions where it has been us, the students, reminding the professionals we need to wash our hands. Also I understand not treating the patients like untouchables, but on one occasion we were sent to examine a patient in a room only when we entered, the patient had to tell us he was MRSA positive and barrier methods were in place otherwise we'd have been none the wiser. This is one battle I'm not sure the NHS can win with these types of practices in place and occurring everyday.

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CA MRSA Chicago
Posted by T. Simons
Last Reply December 5, 2005 at 21:59
Started September 22, 2005 at 09:34
CA MRSA is a real THREAT.
read this it is happening in UK also.

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Three Chicago-area children have died of a toxic shock syndrome-like illness caused by a superbug they caught in the community and not in the hospital, where the germ is usually found.

The cases show that this already worrisome staph germ has become even more dangerous by acquiring the ability to cause this shock-like condition.

"There's a new kid on the block," said Dr. John Bartlett of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, referring to the added strength of the superbug known as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

"The fact that there are thr... read more

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MRSA from home nursing?
Posted by Jane
Last Reply December 5, 2005 at 16:06
Started December 5, 2005 at 13:31
Hello, I've just stumbled upon this site, and hope you can help. My mother has just been told that she has tested positive for MRSA in a swab taken from an ulcer on her foot (she has acute arthritis and lympedema). The GP has told her that she could have caught this anywhere (someone sneezing over her etc anytime, anywhere). However she is visited by the district nursing staff each week and I am very concerned that they possibly have something to do with causing this - although of course no-one will admit to the possibility. My other thought was that my dad was in hospital May/June time and maybe she contracted something while visiting him. Would it take that long to show up?

It was the nurse who told her the news during a visit on Friday. She said I have some very bad news etc etc, then turned her back to talk to my dad about his condition. When mum started to cry with the shock and fear of it (like everyone else, all she knows about MRSA is that people die in hospital from it) ... read more

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stories
Posted by Bev
Last Reply December 5, 2005 at 07:13
Started December 2, 2005 at 13:51
i have a journo who is interested in doing stories from anyone in the greater manchester area if you are willing to speak to them lease contact me on info@mrsaactionuk.com and i can give you the details
best wishes

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Healthcare Association Infections
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply December 4, 2005 at 18:30
Started November 15, 2005 at 15:33
Hmm, I suppose Healthcare Association Infection sounds much less serious that HOSPITAL ACQUIRED INFECTION. Another little spin there, maybe.

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Caesarian Birth
Posted by Mrs D
Last Reply December 3, 2005 at 23:04
Started March 23, 2005 at 08:36
In 1991, I had to have my son by emergency caesarian section. I wasn't worried as I trusted the medical staff but I was kept in hospital for over 2 weeks at St. Mary's hospital in Manchester because the wound became infected. After two weeks, I was on the verge of discharging myself as the room where I was wasn't clean. The floor was dusty and the bath was filthy. In the end, they only let me go if I agreed to have a district nurse visit me at home every day for another month to clean and dress the wound. The discharge from the wound was yellow and green and I was so distressed as I had just had my first baby and I was trying to breastfeed him. This did not work as I believe I was so run down with the infection, I could not produce enough milk for my son and I was advised by my midwife to bottle feed instead. Eventually, the wound healed but it put me off having any more children. I was young and naive at the time and I was told it "was just an infection" but I now believe I ... read more

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