Live Web Chat Today On MRSA Staph Inf...

Live Web Chat Today On MRSA Staph Infections

There are 72 comments on the WUSA Washington, DC story from Oct 17, 2007, titled Live Web Chat Today On MRSA Staph Infections. In it, WUSA Washington, DC reports that:

Ashton Bonds, 17, a senior at Staunton River High School in Bedford, Virginia, died Monday.

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Paul Omaha

Omaha, NE

#63 Nov 12, 2008
There is a way to decontaminate your home and prevent your spread. I did it in my office using an cleaning algorithm from Steiros.com . They use a product called Stay Byotrol Clean and Microcleanse plus found at Germcure.com and it worked and is reasonably priced. Before and after cultures of myself and the enviroment went from MRSA positive to negative in 1 week. I continue to use it on myself and my family and in the house. As an aside, it also cured cystic acne in a friend of mine. I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to decontaminate an MRSA house. Good Luck!
Candice

Canada

#64 Nov 22, 2008
Hi,
My Husband has been in the ER every 8 hours for three days now getting IV antibiotics. We are still waiting to get the swab results back to confirm MRSA. The Dr finally said today he thinks this may be what’s going on. My husband has large sores on each of his legs and started to get many small sores all over his back neck and shoulders.
The treatment seems to be calming everything down but I am so scared for him. It doesn’t seem like our hospital knows much about this problem so I am concerned it is treated properly and that he is not taken off of the antibiotics to early.
Can any one give me a little more insight to treatment lengths and what happens now?
John Pearland TX

Pearland, TX

#65 Dec 15, 2008
I went into the hospital for a laminectomy on Oct 28th. The surgery was for a herniated disk at the C5-C6 vertebrae in my neck.
The herniation was compressing the nerve that goes to my left shoulder and arm. After my surgery, a couple days, I started having discharges from the incision site. I contacted the Doctor and he called in a script for Keflex. After a week on Keflex, the oozing of the pinkish fluid continued. He asked me to come in to have a look. He made note that the site was oozing, and as I had seen, there was a reddiish area that was very sore at the base of the incision. He then switched me over to Cipro. After a week or so he took out the remaining staples. There was still some visual oozing out of a couple of the staple holes.
After another couple of days the oozing seemed to subside, but the site was still tender.
The week of Thanksgiving I had gone out of town to visit with a friend. On Thanksgiving Day I noticed that the left arm pain was returning. By Friday the pain was getting very intense. By Saturday morning I was at the local ER in the town I was in. They were nice enough to give me a script for Hydrocodone so that I could make the 300 mile trip back home.
I returned back to the Houston area late Saturday afternoon. I immediately took some pain med's and went to bed to try and get some relief. For some reason when I was lying down, the pain wasn't nearly as bad. As soon as I sat up or stood up, all bets were off. I would barely have enough time to go take my med's and get back in bed before screaming out in pain. Needless to say, about 2am Sunday morning I was calling my Doctors office. I spoke to the on call Doctor and he instructed me to come up to the ER about 8AM after the nightly crowds had dispersed from the ER. I went and was checked in pretty quickly. Shortly afterwards they admitted me and placed me in a private room. When I again spoke to my Surgeon he was of the thinking that it was more than likely an infection in there. He said I probably picked up a bug while in surgery and they sewed it up in there when they stitched me up. He scheduled another mylegram for the following day. I was put on morphine shortly after my arrival. The mylegram showed no other disk problems. This reinforced the infection theory.
He then scheduled exploratory surgery for the next day. He said he would go back into the same incision site and widen it up and look around to see what was going on. After the surgery, the Doctor told my wife that as soon as they opened up the incision site, pus and infection flowed out of wound. He said that if I hadn't had the arm pain, I probably would've died, or at a minimum been paralyzed in a couple of days time. The infection was almost to my spinal cord. They sent of cultures to be tested at the infectious disease center of Houston. Last Saturday I was told that the infection was positive for MRSA. I was very surprised, to say the least. I was immediately put on anomy. after 9 days, 7 of which I was on morphine, I was released to go home. I got home Tuesday of this week.
I started my at home vanco treatments via my picc line. I will be doing twice a day treatments for the next 6 weeks. Last night I started the red-man syndrome.
Lucky me, what else can go wrong. We are currently trying to determine if the infusion is being done to fast, or if I am allergic to the anomy.
One thing that I believe resulted in me being effected was that the operating rooms that day were way overbooked. I waited in PRE-OP for 7 1/2 hours. The Doctor was even out in the hall complaining about this becoming more of a common practice around there. I was also surprised to see a male nurse hopping from room to room taking over for others in the OR so they could take their break. What the heck is that about. Talk about opening the door for more problems..
Something needs to be done before more innocent people are infected.
jane Parks-McKay

United States

#66 Dec 28, 2008
Hi all: I want to tahnk you for this great discussion on staph infections, my late Mother in law died almost 3 years ago and she had a staph. As with another poster, NO ONE in the hospital made any precautions and this despite the sign that said to use gowns, gloves and sanitizers outside. I was not a popular family member when I made visitors use all of this. Many of her items were brought home from the room and we are to receive one of her tv's soon. If anyone has any suggestions, would appreciate anything on how to clean this tv, I don't know being electronic and all, whether it's ok to use some of these products that you all recommend but I will do it, better ruin a tv than get staph and I will certainly, Marti, start stepping up my own hygiene with the wipes and such. I had no idea!
momto4

Heath Springs, SC

#68 Jun 4, 2009
Concerned Nurse wrote:
Dear Marci,
You have provided great information to many concerned individuals. I've watched the video on staphaseptic.com . I feel that it is fueling the fear towards MRSA with some of its messaging but I do appreciate their steps for prevention. Someone on that video calles it "an imerging health problem" when it has been around since the mid-60's. A sports trainer states "I'm in the wound management business" & there are many other things in that video that I feel are contributing to everyone's fears. We as the general public can work on the prevention of many infections by simple washing our hands properly. We are approaching flu & norovirus season which are far more problematic to the general public than MRSA. Leave the diagnosis, treatment, & management to the health care professionals. Sports trainers should not be in the wound management business. I once work as a home care nurse & taught patients & families wound care management. It was amazing to me that many people didn't know to wash their hands before & after changing dressings. That lack of knowledge also translates to these sports teams sharing towels, razors, balms, ect without thinking of the risk of infection. A clinician will order blood cultures for a complex wound, high fever, elevated temp, & other clinical data. You should not be demanding blood cultures from your ER for every cut, scrap, or abrasion. They would do a wound culture if the wound looks suspicious of a staph infection & it is certainly your right as a patient to ask the doctor why or why wasn't a wound culture collected. They don't generally collect wound cultures once antibiotics have been started. I'm not here to provide any medical advice. Call your doctor's office for that. I'm here to tell people to protect themselves & their loved ones by following basic infection control practices to prevent the spread of disease. As I said earlier, the staphaseptic.com website is not as good as the information on the CDC website. www.cdc.gov Everyone should bookmark it so you can refer to it when the next media scare comes around. I would also recommend the journal of american medicine article that sparked this whole media frenzy "Invasive Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections in the United States". Read the scientific study for yourself. Do not go by the media's spin on some of the statistics.
Thank you! I have 4 children. Two of them in the past month have had boils that cultured MRSA. we are using the hibiclens every night for 2 weeks, 2 times a day swabbing noses with bactroban, cleaning with bleach/water, lysol/etc... and LOTS OF PRAYERS!! I know God is in control :) trying not to freak out with this ....breathe.......and trust the Lord :)
postman

Corpus Christi, TX

#69 Jun 5, 2009
Momto4,

Although I have reported this thread as stale (2yrs old). I will respond to you.

The combination of hibiclens, and bactroban is precarious at best. Read the label and datasheet. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. You can caused other infections and injury.

If the source of the infection is not determined reinfection is likely. So disinfect your living environment and inspect public environment when in it.
Norman Wilson

United States

#70 Jan 11, 2010
I have fought CA and HA MRSA now for over a year. Numerous hospital bills and Dr. bills. Nothing works and it continues to get worse. I have had 3 rounds of Vancomycin IV. I am totally miserable. Any good hospitals or dr. out there???
Arthur and everyone

Chicago, IL

#71 Apr 28, 2010
Lysol disinfectant spray kills MRSA spray everything your bed ect...
Arthur wrote:
My doctor has dianosed MRSA and is treating me with Zyvox, started yesterday. I have a nickle size sore on my thigh. What else should I be doing to stop the MRSA from spreading in my body, and to others.
Penny

Eagle, CO

#72 Nov 8, 2011
I had a big boil on the top of my foot that got so bad I went to the ER room to get it lanced.... The Doc thinks it is MRSA and took a culture. Am now waiting for results. My question is, if it does come back MRSA, should I insist with the followup doctor to do blood and sputum cultures to make sure it hasn't spread?(Can CA-MRSA spread from skin inside?)
Bryan

Lexington, NC

#73 Oct 14, 2012
Cathy wrote:
My Mother went to Civista Hospital for a simple illness and then contracted MRSA. We had to wear robes, masks, and gloves and could not touch her. But the nurses and other staff came in with nothing, walked out without washing. She had her own blood pressure cup but they rarely used this. My Mother is now gone.
Another lady down the street went into the same hospital for something simple. She contracted MRSA also and is now gone.
So what does that say about the hospital care takers! I guess they skiped that chapter in the training!
I got a mrsa infection in a North Carolina Prison and they did not give me the informed consent of my mrsa diagnosis until November 2011 and the intial infection was march 2007. It is a terribly suppressed issue in this state.
BRENDA CRAIN

White Bluff, TN

#74 Dec 6, 2012
I HAD KNEE REPACEMENT 4 YEARS AGO ,I HAVE HAD SURG. ABOUT 6 TIMES ON THAT KNEE.I TOLD THEM SOMETHING NOT RIGHT ABOUT MY KNEE.THEY COULD NOT FIND ANYTHING. OCT OF THIS YEAR INFECTIONS ,THEY SAID I HAD 1 INFECTION ,BUT NOW 5 WEEKS LATER I HAVE GOT 3 INFECTION IN THAT KNEE.I HAVE BEEN ON MEDICINE AT HOME AND I HAVE A PIC LINE.I AM AFRAID THE INFECTION WANT BE GONE.HOW CAN I KNOW THE INFECTION IS GONE .MY SO GOT MRSA ABOUT 8 YEARS AGO ,THEY HAD TO TAKE HIS LEG OFF .I NO WHAT HE WENT THROUGH.
Haailezz

Mountain View, CA

#75 Oct 27, 2015
I'm 19, mother of 2 young children and am having a problem with mrsa. In the last 8 month's I've had about 5 break outs. The most recent one is on my knee, I haven't been able to put weight on my leg, my knee is feeling numb, a lot of swelling in my leg, the pain is now moving up my body and is into my hip. The pain and swelling has been current for the last 4 days. Bactrim doesn't work on me, I'm running out of ideas and am trying to avoid hospitalization being a single mother of 2 and working...
Ideas please? The pain only gets worse, to the point where when I stand (on one leg that isn't infected) I end up crying from pain...

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