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Wound care/ MRSA - I don't think being managed by HCP

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UsernameIncorrect Tue 15-Mar-16 16:27:14

Uncle has a wound on his lower leg for about a year. He has diabetes and is being treated in a small community hospital by the same nurse most days. He has MRSA. He is now receiving Vac Therapy, so a suction pump is applied over the wound.

I watched it being dressed yesterday.

The nurse put a plastic apron on and gloves. There was no cover on the bed. It was fabric. Liquid seeps out of his dressings a lot. (Next person to touch it now susceptible to MRSA?). The nurse goes to and fro opening cupboard doors etc, then dumped the cloves - onto the uncovered table - and uses bare hands as the plastic on the bandages sticks to the gloves. She poured two sachets of a pink liquid on his wound and then dabbed it with tissue. But the entire area needs to be thoroughly cleaned I think. The wound itself is about 3 inches long, but the 5 inches either side are red raw from damp dressings (imo) all around the leg.

I'm sorry I'm not being very clear. Should I say anything? This nurse is his only support really, I live far away. I feel if I could get him to stay with me and clean/dress it myself it would clear up faster but I'm in no way a professional! AIBU?

InvictusVersinium Tue 15-Mar-16 16:47:03


Sounds very dodgy to me but I'm not knowledgeable about infection control and risks. Hope you get some answers.

Any nurses/medics out there?

Wolpertinger Tue 15-Mar-16 17:25:38

It's impossible to tell really from your description. The best thing would be for you to ask them about how they are managing infection control and treating his wound bearing in mind he has MRSA and get them to explain it to you.

It sometimes doesn't make obvious sense. For example we sometimes use a special mattress that doesn't have a sheet on top - I've seen families complain about the absence of sheets but we are really using highly specialised equipment!

What the nurse is doing for your uncle could be OK if he is in a side room and she is barrier nursing him properly but it's totally impossible to comment from here.

UsernameIncorrect Mon 21-Mar-16 21:55:25

Thanks for the help. We went back today and the wound is far worse. Different nurse today, and she was a lot more thorough and what I would have thought would be the right way to treat it. I think the last nurse has caused significant damage unfortunately. I would say it's ten times worse than it was.

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