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Where does MRSA come from?
Posted by E.T.Gascoigne.
Last Reply May 17, 2005 at 15:56
Started April 12, 2005 at 15:29
I'm a retired engineer who spent many years working on the design of new hospitals. I've been reading about MRSA for some time now - on the internet, in newspapers and on television news pages. So far, I've seen nothing about where it comes from. Like 'legionella's disease' and 'sick building syndrome'it's a comparatively recent phenomenon.
Personally I think it stems from the use of mechanical ventilation which may or may not include air-conditioning.
Ventilation ductwork is invariably hidden in false ceilings and shafts. Consequently nobody really knows it's there; all they're aware of are the inlet and outlet grilles in the ceiling without realising that there are miles and miles of ductwork behind them. THAT DUCTWORK IS NEVER CLEANED!! Now fifty years after the intrduction of this ventilation system we are harvesting the fruits of this neglect - MRSA.
I hope there is someone out there who can disprove this theory. If not I hope there is someone who can do the research to fi... read more

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MRSA in toe stub
Posted by Minnie
Last Reply May 15, 2005 at 18:33
Started May 15, 2005 at 14:20
My husband is receiving conflicting information from physicians. Background: sextuple open-heart surgery in June of 2004; experienced post-operative complications of cellulitis, renal depletion, dehydration, pancreatitis,
and severe anemia. He had never had any of these conditions before. His feet were extremely swollen--looked like big, round balls.

In February of this year, a toe became infected with cellulitis and was amputated at a hospital in Southern California. He has been recuperating at a nursing home in the same locale. In April he was diagnosed with MRSA, and the nursing home physician prescribed Bactrim for 60 days. Last week he visited his physician; this doctor did not look at the toe stub. He said if the nursing home physician prescribed Bactrim, he could not possibly have MRSA. His doctor directed the nursing home to discontinue Bactrim and to remove him from an isolated area of the nursing home (very expensive for a private room). Is it necessary for a ... read more

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MRSA myself and children
Posted by Leigh
Last Reply April 27, 2005 at 18:47
Started April 13, 2005 at 01:55
I am 34 years old and went into the hospital in May 2004 to deliver my daughter. I had a c-section and after returning home developed a boil at the top of my thigh that tested positive to MRSA. I had never heard of it and thankfully my doctor was quick to identify and treat my MRSA. I was informed not to worry about it, I stopped breastfeeding and was very careful to follow safety guidelines for not spreading the bacteria. I hadn't given it another thought until last week when my son, 2 years, developed a boil on his side and it tested positive for MRSA. I caught it quickly and he was given anitbiotics that seem to have cleared it up. However, my daughter whose is now 10 months had a strange place on her bottom. My doctor tested it to be safe, it was healing on its own. It came back positive to MRSA. I am freaking out, I have always been very careful about germs. My daughter has been on her current antibiotic treatment for two days and just today started to spike a fever. ... read more

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TRICLOSAN - IN WHICH TREATMENTS IS IT USED?
Posted by U. B. WARE
Last Reply April 21, 2005 at 21:41
Started April 19, 2005 at 09:31
Hey wake up USA. Have you heard the Brits have found that TRICLOSAN could be dangerous. There is a loong list of products in the UK that contain this substance.

Toothpaste
Handwashes
Anti bacterial products.

Some products claim to relieve MRSA but may give you something else.

There is a misconception MRSA and VRSA are just two types. This is wrong there are hundreds of strains and some of the are very dangerous. Commonly used anti bacterial agent may treat the minor cases, but what is being developed forthe super resistant strains of MRSA and VRSA. The Governmenteither side of the Atlantic aren't teling us everything.

U.B. Ware

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Hospital Acquired Infection
Posted by Mike
Last Reply April 19, 2005 at 15:59
Started April 15, 2005 at 06:14
In this case MRSA.. I went in for knee sugery in April04. I came home and a week later I was back in, delerious,lost balance,was perspiring to the point that my bed and mattress was wringing wet. The hospital would not accept me back as an inpatient and said I could be treated as an out patient. Finally my wife took me to the hosp. and said I'm leaving him here. You got him sick you cure him.. I was in Emerg for several days and went to a ward as I became sicker. Finally they figured out that I had MRSA and put me in isolation for 32 days. They tried all the latest and greatest drugs to no avail. My heart rate was 185, my Bp was off the scale and I awoke from the drugs one morning to a room full of Doctors, the upshot was they decided I was a sick man.......My right foot was as big as a large loaf of bread and my right arm exploded to 3 times normal, my elbow was so sore that I couldn't touch or bend it... After 32 days they sent home with the hope my immune statem would destroy ... read more

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Legal Liability
Posted by James
Last Reply April 15, 2005 at 05:52
Started October 22, 2004 at 13:28
Does anybody know of any successes in legal cases for hospital acquired infections in the US ?

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forum for USA
Posted by Rob the moderator
Last Reply April 8, 2005 at 22:50
Started October 6, 2004 at 19:52
hi everyone, i see this forum is getting quite a number of posts from folk in America which is great, but I'm wondering if I should setup a sister forum called MRSA Discussion Forum USA to run along side this. what does everyone think? is this a good idea or would it be best to keep just one forum for all as it is at present? when i setup this forum i only foresaw it being used by UK residents but i see its being appreciated even further a field.

NOTE THIS TOPIC WAS FIRST STARTED ON THE ORIGINAL UK FORUM BUT HAS BEEN COPIED ACROSS TO THIS NEWER USA FORUM

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MRSA and pneumonia
Posted by Marjorie
Last Reply April 8, 2005 at 08:29
Started January 22, 2005 at 05:15


Hi, I, too, have just recently been hospitalized for mrsa induced pneumonia, I awoke on Christmas eve very sick...fever, chills, and trouble breathing. Being asthmatic, I always get upper respiratory infections when I get colds, so I again waited too long to go see my doctor. At about 2am Xmas morning I woke up unable to breathe! I am 44, and I was sure that I was dying; It took all that I had to shout the word, "HELP!" so that my husband, whom was napping after wrapping gifts in the living room, woke up. He ran in, saw how bad I was, called 911, and I was already blue; having had pneumonia 4 times previously (non MRSA related), I know that this mrsa related pneumonia was soooo much worse! It came on in the blink of an eye, and literally filled up my lungs...I feel very grateful and lucky to be here today!
I have been inpatient from December 25th until January 7th, and then home and on home health care administered IV vanco for another 10 days...they did not find out about t... read more

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surgery after mrsa
Posted by sandi
Last Reply April 7, 2005 at 01:32
Started March 7, 2005 at 03:22
My mrsa was found when the doctors went in to replace an ankle that had been replaced, but did not work. Now we know the cause was mrsa. They of course could not replace the ankle with mrsa there, so they just closed and left a spacer instead of a new ankle. That was in June and I took vancomycin for eight weeks then in Oct got another ankle. This ankle is not healing property and I need a fusion or removal of the ankle just below my knee. I have not made a decision what to do fusion or amputation. No one says, but I feel a lot of my problems is mrsa. I too have gained a lot of weight and have no strength. I also had another hospilation of one week with mrsa after this last surgery. Does this come back every time you have surgery? I am not the same person now. Does anyoneelse feel this way? Thanks Sandi

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RE: Side Effects Of MRSA
Posted by Kay
Last Reply April 4, 2005 at 03:57
Started March 14, 2005 at 03:07
My father has MRSA and has been tube feed since last November. His mouth is always sore and says that everything taste like kerosene. Has anyone ever heard of this? He is extremely malnutritioned, even with the tube feedings.

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MRSA CHILD DEATH
Posted by DEBBIE FORD
Last Reply February 28, 2005 at 17:06
Started October 13, 2004 at 19:23
IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR I GAVE BIRTH TO IDENTICAL TWIN GIRLS 10 WEEKS EARLY. TWO WEEKS AFTER BIRTH THE LARGEST OF THE TWO CONTRACTED MRSA AND DIED. THEN THE OTHER DAUGHTER GOT IT AND THE ANTIBIOTICS TOOK CARE OF IT. I BROUGHT HER HOME FIVE MONTHS LATER AND AFTER A FEW WEEKS THE MRSA BECAME ACTIVE AND SHE DIED ALSO. BOTH MY GIRLS WERE IN INCUBATORS AT THE TIME THEY CONTRACTED THE MRSA WHICH SHOULD BE A STERILE ENVIRONMENT. I HAVE HAD TROUBLE FINDING A LAWYER TO HELP ME HOLD THE HOSPITAL RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DEATHS. I KNOW MY GIRLS WERE NOT THE ONLY DEATHS DUE TO THIS WHILE THEY WERE THERE. ANYONE WHO HAS HAD THIS HAPPEN TO THEM CAN CONTACT ME AT dford@thomaspetroleum.com I AM BEGINNING TO THINK THIS WILL HAVE TO BE A COMBINED EFFORT BETWEEN THE PARENTS WHOSE CHILDREN GOT THIS AT THE SAME HOSPITAL AND DURING THE SAME TIME FRAME.

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Face Masks for Protection of Patients
Posted by Tony Field Chairman MRSA Support
Last Reply February 28, 2005 at 10:54
Started February 11, 2005 at 20:02
We have devised a demonstration which proves conclusively that facemasks are necessary to protect patients in five major procedures as well as the operating theatre.
1 Inspecting and dressing wounds
2 Fitting and inspecting catheters
3 fitting and inspecting canulae
4 aspirations
5 Taking blood samples
Any organisation who would like to see the demonstration please contact me at tony.field@mrsasupport.co.uk

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MRSA Prevention through Design
Posted by Andy
Last Reply February 12, 2005 at 13:29
Started February 12, 2005 at 13:29
Hi,
I'm a Product Design student in the UK in my final year. For my major project i have chosen to tacle the serious issues surrounding MRSA. I am designing an informative, hand washing and infection control area specificly for hospital visitors. The aim is to re-educate people on the importance of regular and correct hand washing, especially in a medical enviroment. I am keen that this product be as realistic and achievable as possible. At this stage in the design process i am trying to research around general hospital hygene methods which are aimed only at visitors. I would really appreciate all the comments, encouragement, thoughts, tips, hints, information and links any readers may have.

Thanks for your help,
UK design student, Andy

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lying dr.s !
Posted by thomas n wendi
Last Reply February 4, 2005 at 02:10
Started November 19, 2004 at 03:38
i had a discectomy oct.8th. oct.23rd 1/2 of my back swelled 2 inches in 8 hr's. the surgeon (who did the disc.) cut open the inscision but nothing came out until he pushed from deeper inside the inscision. monday admitted to hospital overnight. tues.surgery to flush infection out of back. the inscision was not infected! sent home.tues.with pik line iv for cefozolin . wed. informed infection was mrsa.changed to vancomyacin. thurs. surgery to flush and sew inscision. 8 days later "infection specialist" says mrsa was not contracted in hospital. my questions #1 incubation time #2 treating mrsa that is not topical or respitory but underneath UNINFECTED skin and inscision #3 contagious if infection underneath skin?#4 i have 4 children and have received NO answers from dr's on how to prevent spreading this to them and wife. #5 longterm affects
needing answers !

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treating sores
Posted by Paul
Last Reply January 15, 2005 at 21:49
Started January 15, 2005 at 21:49
Hello everyone. I was recently diagnosed with MRSA, and I have been living with it for almost a year now. So far I have managed to avoid any hospital stays, and I have been on relatively little antibiotics. I have used ciprofloxacin on several occasions and it seems to stop the infections for a month or two, but they just come back. The sores started on my elbow and were treated with antibiotics, but now I keep getting them on my left buttock, but nowhere else (other boils and cuts heal normally). Anyway, I have a method that seems to get rid of the sores fairly quickly. The trick for me is to soak the infected area with scalding hot water. It is crucial that you treat the sores immediatly as soon as you notice them. Whenever I notice an unusually itchy boil, I treat it 3-4 times a day. The water should be hot enough to cause discomfort and minor pain and turn the skin bright red. I usually just boil water in a teapot, pour it into a bowl, and add a little bit of bleach. ... read more

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not treating mrsa
Posted by deb
Last Reply November 15, 2004 at 04:08
Started October 21, 2004 at 14:18
Have a question. My 68 year old mother contacted MRSA after she had surgery. Her incision split open after fluid buildup and she has had an open wound for 9 weeks. She got vancomycin in hospital and nursing home for weeks. She finally went home bedridden. She has peritoneal cancer too. Medicare will not pay for the iv vancomycin at home. We were told it would cost about 1000.00 a day. They will pay for it if she is admitted back into hospital. She has had 4 chemo treatments. I think it is crazy that Medicare will not pay for this at home because if she goes back to hospital it will cost more, you would have the hospital room and other medications. Her doctor did a culture on her wound and it came back 2+ MRSA. He did not mention going back to hospital to get vancomycin he ordered medication to put on gauze to clean wound and thats it. No where on pamphlet does it say anything about killing MRSA. Not sure if this is because her life expectancy with the cancer is 6 months and figured ... read more

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NHS should be held accountable for the lives
Posted by JASON
Last Reply October 22, 2004 at 21:24
Started October 22, 2004 at 21:24
I have a cardiac pacemaker which was fitted when I was 21. I had heart surgery 5 years later for a atria defect or hole in the heart and I had my second pacemaker fitted last year I am now 35 and I was terrified of catching the bug I was in hospital for 4 weeks wasted time because I would not them operate on me because I made my-self ill from worrying of catching the superbug mrsa or a infection. now every time that it needs changing which is every 5 to 7 years I am at risk or catching it due to the hospitals being so dirty and to many young people are catching it theses days and die-ing of it , I totally agree that hospitals are at fault if they cleaned the floors like they did years ago with disinfectant rather than just putting a little spray of polish on the floors to make them shine , there would be less bacterium around and probably lower risk , stringent cleaning of all hospitals needs to be put in place, most of it is down to hospital staff forgetting to wash there ... read more

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