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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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MRSA
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?

Thanks
Lisa

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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.

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MRSA Action UK
PRESS RELEASE... read more

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worried
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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MRSA - PVL
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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petition
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.

Vist http://www.npsa.nhs.uk/ppr/report

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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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mrsa
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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MRSA
Posted by Sinead Hackett
Last Reply November 24, 2005 at 03:50
Started May 31, 2005 at 12:15
how is it cought??? can you die from it???

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mrsa in ears
Posted by darlizzy
Last Reply November 22, 2005 at 01:03
Started November 8, 2005
My 3 year old nephew has a mrsa infection in his ear after recieving tubes and surgery to remove his adnoids. The E.N.T. doc prescribed 2 types of ear drops, but told my sister that if he has a hole in his ear drum that he may go deaf.We need any info available.

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NI hospital adopts infection plan
Posted by NI hospital adopts infect
Last Reply November 21, 2005 at 17:14
Started November 4, 2005 at 13:44
Craigavon Area Hospital has become the first trust in Northern Ireland to adopt a 10-point plan aimed at cutting infections such as MRSA.
The plan - from the Royal College of Nursing - has already been adopted by many hospitals in England.

Among its recommendations are that cleaners should be available to hospitals 24 hours per day.

It also contains basic advice on staff washing their hands properly and staying at home if they feel unwell.

John Moan, director of nursing at Craigavon hospital, said a number of factors could lead to the spread of infection.

"If equipment isn't properly washed and cleaned - for example a bed after a patient has been discharged - that can cause infection.

"Without a doubt staff perhaps not adhering to proper standards of hygiene between patients leads to the risk of the transmission of MRSA," Mr Moan said.

A report at the end of September said MRSA cases in Northern Ireland's hospitals had reduced significantly in the last year... read more

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mrsa after a broken bone
Posted by susan
Last Reply November 21, 2005 at 07:51
Started November 21, 2005 at 06:25
11 wks ago I broke my heel, after surgery I was hosptalized for a few days. Sent home and was told no weight on my foot till the middle of Dec. They put a cast on my foot (while there were still open wounds) I went in for more exrays a few weeks later, they changed my cast again, and again there were still open wounds. I was actually feeling much better and in no more pain until two weeks ago, I woke up with such pain in my leg. Long story short, went to urgent care to make sure there was no blod clot and the dr. that saw me there did not like the look of the still open wound. went back to my dr., who sent me to a wound care specialist. bottom line, I had MRSA. I spent last week in the hospital, now I am home doing my own IV's reading this board is making me afraid of what might still happen to me, no one is telling me how long I will be like this. Just saying it can be a long long time. I also have a wound vac on my heel. I am also on crutches!!Between the wound vac that I h... read more

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I am awaiting further surgery
Posted by LYN
Last Reply November 20, 2005 at 13:51
Started November 19, 2005 at 18:22
I had an operation in Scotland in july 2004 I was in hospital there for six weeks; on returning to my own local hospital I contracted mrsa I was not advised of this and found out when speaking to a locum on the telephone at my doctors surgery!!!!. I am returning to hospital for another operation in January; I am worried that I will again be exposed to this bug and will I recover this time!!My joints ache constantly and your site is the first indication that this might be as a result of MRSA........

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Best Quote Ever
Posted by moya
Last Reply November 20, 2005 at 10:21
Started November 15, 2005 at 16:52
The prognosis is not good. Throughout the National Health Service MRSA (Ministerial Responsibility Shockingly Absent) is rife. The patient is confused, the doctors squabbling, the relatives increasingly angry.

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mrsa
Posted by a. mall
Last Reply November 18, 2005 at 20:54
Started October 22, 2005 at 13:43
My mum died in 2003 after being in hospital for thirteen wks. we were told she was dying from tb and pnuemonia in a nurse barrier room only mum proved them wrong in the room it was dirty i was sleeping in the same room dirty trolley needle in the sink blood on her sheets pills under the bed i even had to go the sluce room to get her a bedpan it was a total sham i had to go through the main ward to get the bedpan not one person stopped me using the kitchen or toilets putting other peoples lives at risk, eventually mum was put in the main ward she was getting home i was delighted so was mum only two days later she died not one of the hospital told me she contracted mrsa but mum did the day before she died im appalled at the way they treat those poor souls as they say we;re just a number they should pay for all those people getting better just to die from a hospital super bug mrsa. from A.Mall

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