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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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