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I came in Monday morning to find a sign and a red trash can in my mother and the other patients room. When ask what was going on in that room I was told they couldn't discuss the other patients health with me. I believe she has or they thought she had mersa, I was upset that they left her in the room over the weekend when they had space avaliable. Believe me I know how mersa is and how to clean for it, I have fought this in the past. I could have taken extra precautions and help clean the room if I would have known, I love the lady and want and will help her. I just don't think it was right for the nursing home not to tell me because the room is probably infected as well as the shared bathroom. I got upset and ask for my mother to be moved to another room for two weeks and they tried to tell me she was safe but they did put her in another room. I will clean the bathroom and the room when she is moved back . I understand patient has rights of privacy but not when something is so contagious, besides the patient would have told me herself if she could have remembered the name, but they don't always tell her. After all of that am I wrong to ask that they move my mother because they want tell me what is in the room? Shouldn't they have taken extra precautions to keep her safe over the weekend? Am I just expecting too much? I had a middle age healthy male friend who died from this as well as family members fighting this staff infection. I also was told my mother has pneumonia again like she has a month and a half ago which I wasn't told. The least next to her started with pneumonia. Thanks

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Beautifulmom, if I thought that nursing staff or health care workers were touching one patient and moving on to the next without washing thoroughly in between, my mother would be out of that establishment before you could even say MRSA, let alone worry about the spelling. As antibiotic resistance increases, infection control has got to be a zero tolerance area with hand-washing as the most basic of routines.

The nurses can't, honestly they can't, tell you what they're treating another patient for. Focus on how well they're protecting your mother rather than what from, exactly.
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Our MRSA experience was several years before Mom was ever placed in the home Mom has never had it and thank goodness my immediate family hadn't either because we were able to take precautions. Thanks for your concern but I don't believe those family members brought anything in. The nurses are swearing it isn't MRSA but want say exactly.
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Beautiful, be sure you tell the health dept about family members with MRSA. They can help figure out if you brought it home or you brought it to the NH.
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I was asking what was going on in the room if it was MRSA then that isn't just the other patients condition that is a possible infection of the room correct? If they touch her and touch moms open sore in her arm then this should be a possible threat of moms health I would want the other patient to know mom had or they thought she had something that required a hazard waste basket so she or her family could make an informed decision if the roles were reversed I would hope they would ask a competent person if it was ok to tell! When I ask why mom wasn't removed if they possibly thought isolation was an option no answer but I will call Thanks
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The nursing home has an obligation to keep other patients safe. They have no obligation to tell you what another patient's medical condition is. Pam's right. Call the health department if you have an ongoing concern. You were right to ask them to move your mom.
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Sorry about the misspelling of MRSA but again I still do not know for sure that, that is what they thought. I was just trying to protect and keep my mother safe. No answers are worse than knowing to me because if you can figure out what to do. I will check with the health department great idea. Thanks
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Call your county health department and ask them to look into the situation. In the meantime, wash your hands, wash her hands, and scrub her feet.
Most staph is now resistant, no matter what room she is in.
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