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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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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 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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Posted by Joan
Last Reply December 3, 2005 at 19:23
Started July 16, 2005 at 20:47
I was recently diagnosed as having MRSA.
I have suffered with bronchiectisis most of my life which means I suffer with chest infections.
2years ago I had a double mastectomy due to cancer and since then my chest infections have become more frequent about every 4-6weeks. I am now wondering if I might of had MRSA since then or do they automatically screen for it when they, test sputum samples or do blood tests.
I had taken a sample to my local hospital and then a week later I was sent, by an out of hours doctor because of breathing difficulties, to the A&E. Much to my surprise I was admitted and found myself in a room on my own nobody at this stage had told me I had MSRA it must have been in my records from the result of the sample I had taken down the week before.
I was kept in for 5 days and then sent home with 10 days of antibiotics which finished 10 days ago. I was not told if I needed any further tests and when I asked my GP she said that no follow ups were necessary.
Ove... read more

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what to do next?
Posted by Allison Wilson
Last Reply December 2, 2005 at 17:35
Started November 24, 2005 at 09:48
Hi, my 68 year old uncle is in a physciatric hospital being asessed to go into a nursing home as he has alziemers and senile dementia. he was healthy when he went in 6 weeks ago but I,ve just found out this morning that the "poorly eye" he's had for two weeks is MRSA and he has also got it in his ear. Social services have said they will not find him a place in a home now until he his clear but the hospital are just treating him with drops (of what I don't know) and he's still allowed to mix as normal with the other patients. Is this right and what can I do about all this if anything? Can someone be answerable for what has happened? Please can someone give me some advice? thanks

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mrsa in 6 month old infant
Posted by christina pena
Last Reply December 1, 2005 at 23:21
Started November 12, 2005 at 05:09
Has anyone heard of someone so young cotracting mrsa in their toe?My daughter is being treated for it but it seems to be taking forever to see healing results.what time frame should i give this new medacation bactrim to work?

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Visiting times
Posted by Gill Gleeson
Last Reply December 1, 2005 at 19:33
Started December 14, 2004 at 22:12
I have just come across a second hospital that is considering severely restricting visiting times, particularly for children in case they move about the ward, as a part of their measures to try to control hospital infections. This is going to make a stay in those hospitals miserable - do you think it is really going to do any good, given that MRSA is something that seems to come from within the hospitals, not from outside?

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Posted by Maria
Last Reply December 1, 2005 at 19:08
Started November 14, 2005 at 11:03
My dad has mrsa after damaging his arm in an accident in August. He was recovering well, but in the last month he is suffering from pins and needles all over his body and he can hardly walk. Each time i see him he seems worse and has fallen over twice. He has been for one scan, but nothing much is being done to help him. Can anyone tell me if this is a symptom of mrsa?

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Advise please!
Posted by Lisa
Last Reply December 1, 2005 at 17:38
Started November 29, 2005 at 09:28
We have just been told that my Grandmother has the mrsa bug in her nose. She was admitted to hospital in early October with a chest infection, unfortunately she then fell and broke her hip and was transfered to another hospital.

Apparently she was diagnosed on the 15th Nov but we only found out by accident that she was infected with the bug.

The hospital say she must have contracted it at home and wont accept any responsiblity, can anyone tell me if this is possible? How long could she have been infected with the bug without the hospital knowing?


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mother mrsa
Posted by tammy
Last Reply December 1, 2005 at 14:58
Started November 29, 2005 at 21:07
my mother has mrsa, she was diagnosed with this in may and has had it in her bloodstream for about 4 months, the antibiotics are not helping and she stays weak all the time. can you tell me what to expect with this illness.

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Downing Street
Posted by Phip
Last Reply November 30, 2005 at 17:36
Started November 27, 2005 at 14:38
After months of very hard work, the petition which Bev Hurst organised will tomorrow reach it's destintation - Number 10 Downing Street. Amazingly Bev has managed to accrue nearly 6000 names - we should all be so very proud of Bev, and grateful to her for undertaking this project. Thank you also to everybody who collected names and passed them on to Bev for inclusion.

Tomorrow is a very important day for us at MRSA Action UK - below is a press release giving you information on what is happening. If anybody is in London tomorrow and wishes to join us either at Downing Street or at Westminster Abbey please feel free to come along - the more the merrier! And for those who have been affected by MRSA but are unable to make London, please be assured that when we lay our wreath at Westminster Abbey, the prayers that are said will be for each and every person who has been affected by MRSA.


MRSA Action UK
PRESS RELEASE... read more

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Posted by crystal
Last Reply November 30, 2005 at 15:08
Started November 30, 2005 at 10:51
i had a baby on oct 15th 2005. i had been breast feeding. on november 20th i noticed what i thought was a bug bite on my breast. the next day it was doubled in size, i went to the doc, they put me on some antibiotic. the next day it was evr bigger and had broke open and was bleeding went back they took a swab and 3 days later i found out it was mrsa they put me on cypro something. its the 30th of nov now and its starting to get better the pill they gave me was for 10 days i have 4 days left. im worried about my son whos just 6 weeks old, if i should be worried about him, and will mrsa go away or will i always have to take stronger antibiotics or is it just for this boil. by the way i am a healthy 22 year old. thank you

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Oldham Royal Hospital MRSA
Posted by Nick Dransfield
Last Reply November 30, 2005 at 14:01
Started June 12, 2005 at 10:53
My mother recently was admitted to this hospital and contracted MRSA in ITU. The standard of hygiene in the ITU and HDU wards and throughout the hospital were absolutely deplorable. They seemed very edgy when I discovered she'd got it and started asking questions staff kept telling me 'there was nothing to worry about','The media blow it all up out of proportion'.She sadly died. The disturbing fact in this is that it doesn't have to go recorded on the death certificate as it's classed as'a natural virus' and in the majority of cases doesn't, other'causes' are given such as 'old age'and septicemia how convenient for the statisticians and how insulting. The problem with this hospital in particular is out of control and urgent action needs to be taken immediately.Vulnerable people admitted are receiving virtually a death sentance the moment they go through the doors.This shouldn't be.

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Posted by Siobhan
Last Reply November 30, 2005 at 09:43
Started November 28, 2005
My Uncle is in the ICU with MRSA-PVL. He was first admitted with pneumonia but it quickly advanced and they finally tested the bacteria they found it to be the MRSA - PVL. The doctors have been giving him a multi-antibiotic treatment. They currently don't have much hope for him. He is on a ventilator and has had carbon-dioxde levels in the 100s! They also tried giving him an IVIG treatment (as in one case it was found to neutralize the bacteria). It didn't seem to do any good. They are suctioning him out regularly and they were percussing him. The doctor recently stopped the percussing as he doesn't think it will do any good. THey have also considered doing a surgery to remove some of the infected lung tissue. However, they say that he is not stable enough to try this. My uncle is 48 years old and very healthy. I guess now they are thinking that it is only a matter of time before his lungs give out and his CO2 levels get too high that his heart fails.

My question is ... is... read more

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petition update
Posted by Bev
Last Reply November 28, 2005 at 17:35
Started November 21, 2005 at 13:39
we now have nearly 4,000 names and with a bit of luck and a big push this week we can get at least 5,000 by the time we go to Downing St next monday ~ 5,000 being the magic number they trot out every time and we know its far higher than that
i know there are still some petition forms out there to come in and i would ask you all please for one last push for this ~ please add any names you can think of to this thread name and location is all that is needed
thank you very much

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Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply November 27, 2005 at 06:33
Started October 28, 2005 at 19:49
just to verify the petition was started by myself in response to moya stevenson having secured a meeting with geoff hoon ~ moya a victim of MRSA and left with a life time legacy of ill health ~ moya wanted geoff hoon to bring it to the attention of the house and he refused

the volume of names given to the petition so far was gathered mainly from friends, family and colleagues gathered by many contacts we have gained from this public domain forum

the petition is being handed over to downing st on behalf of the thousands of victims who have suffered needlessly because of MRSA

the biggest contributors to this petition have been maria cann who lost like me her dearly beloved mother pat ~ my mum margaret ~ mavis law who lost her dearly beloved son colin ~ derek butler who lost his beloved stepfather john ~ phip woodhatch her beloved father charles ~ claude newson her beloved husand Bob ~ Tom Snowball himself a victim ~ linda mc cafferty who's mother at the time of giving me a... read more

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Reports to the NPSA
Posted by Maria
Last Reply November 25, 2005 at 11:25
Started November 25, 2005 at 11:25
Can I suggest that everyone visits NPSA site and reports their experiences. They can't investigate, but they can get a very good picture of whats going on out there.

I've just reported my Primary Care Trust for ignorance of Infection Control Procedures today, and breach of Health and Safety Legislation.


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How to Clean Bedding & Clothes
Posted by marianne
Last Reply November 24, 2005 at 17:37
Started November 10, 2005 at 11:52
I've just been told I have MRSA in my thigh from where a skin graft was taken. It seems to be healing OK, but I'm concerned about my personal hygiene. Is there a special cleaner I can use to wash bedding, towels and trousers? I don't want my elderly mother to come in contact with the bug. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

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Posted by Ann
Last Reply November 24, 2005 at 17:24
Started October 24, 2005 at 12:06
If the goverment would deal with all the claims now they could then start getting to the core of getting nhs back on track, i have studied mrsa since my mum died in 2003, hopefully not in vain, i am so angry the way they brush things aside in hospitals this is not going to go away until the goverment act fast, the cleaners at the hospital where mum died were struggling to understand english, even when i asked them to clean under mums bed they just looked at me and smiled, so i did it myself i hope this helps people to understand the way the nhs is in need of a new direction. Ann from edinburgh.

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