Contracting MRSA

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    I contracted Mersa in my hands and fought the initial infection for 6 months. During this time period I was also out of work. Not covered by Workmans Comp. Their view is that I could have contracted it anywhere. The main question I have is has anyone out there had Mersa especially in their hands. Now I have all types of problems with the skin on my hands. I am allergic to almost everything that touches my hands. Latex, soap, any perfumed lotion. I am on Prednisone and have started taking Methatrexate. This has gone on for almost a year. I wear gloves for super sensitive skin and wear cotton gloves when I have skin break down. I believe I contracted the initial infection while having slight contact dermatitis from the keyboard at work while charting. They are not disenfected. Before the infection I would only occasionally have contact dermatitis. If someone else has had similar problems please talk.
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    Originally posted by nursing4ptw/pts:
    I contracted Mersa in my hands and fought the initial infection for 6 months. During this time period I was also out of work. Not covered by Workmans Comp. Their view is that I could have contracted it anywhere. The main question I have is has anyone out there had Mersa especially in their hands. Now I have all types of problems with the skin on my hands. I am allergic to almost everything that touches my hands. Latex, soap, any perfumed lotion. I am on Prednisone and have started taking Methatrexate. This has gone on for almost a year. I wear gloves for super sensitive skin and wear cotton gloves when I have skin break down. I believe I contracted the initial infection while having slight contact dermatitis from the keyboard at work while charting. They are not disenfected. Before the infection I would only occasionally have contact dermatitis. If someone else has had similar problems please talk.
    Sorry for your troubles-that is a truly scary situation...and a shame that you are being denied workman's comp.Our infectious disease doc told us a bit ago that MRSA can be contracted from a grocery store cart-but in our line of work the chances of exposure are so great-do you have a lawyer to protect your interests?Good luck..

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    my son as an infant picked it up off my uniform it has encapsuled in his lung so when he gets sick-he gets sicker than most due to the lung damage it did. I would go talk to a lawyer about the worker's comp because with it being in your hands you have some issues that need to be addressed,like lost pay, follow up treatment when it flares up, possible retraining issues, emotional suffering and pain and the list could be even bigger. whatever you do i wish you the best -barb
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    I was wanting to know if you were talking about methycillin resistant staph areus (MRSA) or if there was another disese out there by the name of Mersa. We have had quite a few pts. with MRSA in our hospital but never a staff memeber.
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    Originally posted by butter:
    I was wanting to know if you were talking about methycillin resistant staph areus (MRSA) or if there was another disese out there by the name of Mersa. We have had quite a few pts. with MRSA in our hospital but never a staff memeber.
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    Originally posted by butter:
    I was wanting to know if you were talking about methycillin resistant staph areus (MRSA) or if there was another disese out there by the name of Mersa. We have had quite a few pts. with MRSA in our hospital but never a staff memeber.
    Yes I am talking about methycillin resistant staph areus. I might should have used MRSA instead of MERSA. It has become a way to write an abbreviation. Sorry for the confusion.
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    I had a coworker who contracted MRSA. It developed in a papercut on her index finger, and formed an abscess. Kept her out of patient care for a few weeks. Before that, I had never heard of anyone getting it from a patient.
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    Quote from nrsjo
    i had a coworker who contracted mrsa. it developed in a papercut on her index finger, and formed an abscess. kept her out of patient care for a few weeks. before that, i had never heard of anyone getting it from a patient.
    what are the symtoms person experice who has contracted mrsa?
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    Quote from graduatenurse
    what are the symtoms person experice who has contracted mrsa?
    that would depend on were the infection is (uti,uri or a wound)
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    I just got a phone call from my doctor. I went to him about a week ago because I had a "boil" under my arm. It started as a spot almost like a bite, and I remember itching it at work under my scrubs. As it progressed bigger and bigger I did what all good nurses do........I tried to drain it lol. Anyway, after developing a really nasty hot spot, the redness was traveling bigger and bigger around the area. I could hardly keep my arm down against it. I finally gave it up and went in to see my doc. I was afraid he would want to lance it and I'm a big baby when I'm stuck with a knife! Well thats what he did..aghh. Then he started me on antibiotics...clindamycin, and sent me on my way. It wasn't really getting any better til 2 days ago. I had our wound care nurse look at it on the side at work, and she commented..."O you have a staph infection",,,gave me some dressings to take home to use and didnt seem too concerned. At the end of my 12 hr day I came home and found my would had finally drained...loads.

    To make a long story short, the doc says I have mrsa. I can't believe it but then again I can. I deal with lots of old people with nasty wounds, and yes, mrsa among other nastys. BTW, my wound is really much better. Pain is gone, but I still have a hard lump under the skin. He changed my antibiotic to doxyclycline and I'll start that tomorrow.

    Now. He advised me to speak with my infection control team. Will they send me home? And is it necessary? Wouldn't it be fine as long as my would has a dressing on it? Do I really need to share this with my hospital? See, I strongly believe the only reason a hospital does NOT test their nurses for mrsa thru nose swabs ect, is that if they DID they would find most..or a large portion of them with the disease collonized.

    So..what do I do here?


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