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On World MRSA Day October 2nd relatives, survivors and infection prevention professionals mark World MRSA Day, October 2nd, 55 years after the superbug’s discovery

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The late Doctor Patricia Jevons viewed the micro-organism under the microscope for the first time 55 years ago on 2nd October 1960 in a Laboratory in Colindale, London. Outbreaks followed in hospitals in the South East and MRSA was soon endemic in hospitals across the UK and then became pandemic spreading across the globe. Dr Jevons discovery was published in the British Medical Journal on January 14th 1961, acknowledging the significance of the find and its evolution, believed to from a patient’s skin lesion tested in the previous July.

These events have highlighted the importance of going back to the basics of asepsis and good hygiene to prevent infection rather than rely on our precious reserves of antimicrobials to cure the problem. More...

Have your say about what research is important and help put research into healthcare associated infections in the spotlight

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James Lind Alliance - Priority Setting Partnership (Healthcare associated infections)

What research into healthcare associated infections should we investigate?

What research about healthcare associated infections would make a difference to patients, carers and health professionals? What questions should researchers be working on? There is now a way to have your say about what research is important and help put research into healthcare associated infections in the spotlight.

The James Lind Alliance, a partnership of patients and healthcare professionals, are conducting a survey on what research into healthcare associated infections we should investigate. This is your chance to have your say about research to tackle healthcare associated infections and help keep infection prevention and treatment in the spotlight. The survey is open to patients, carers and healthcare professionals until 31st October 2015. The date has been extended to take account of the Infection Prevention Society Annual Conference and various publications in health related journals. We are at stand 123 of the Infection Prevention Society Conference with Molnlycke Healthcare, just around the corner from the Infection Prevention Society stand. Please come and visit us if you are attending to learn more about the survey and take part.More...

MRSA Action UK respond to media on NICE antimirobial stewardship and plans to penalise GPS who 'over-prescribe'
18th August 2015

The use of antibiotics has risen steadily over recent years with 41.6 million NHS prescriptions issued last year in England alone at a cost of £192m. Nine out of ten GPs say they feel pressurised to issue the prescriptions and 97 per cent of patients who ask for them are prescribed them. Between 20 and 30 per cent of antibiotics currently prescribed by the NHS are unlikely to benefit patients, for example because they are suffering from a throat virus – one of the most common reasons for taking a course of antibiotics.

Derek Butler, Chair of MRSA Action UK was interviewed by Channel 5 News and on BBC Radio London giving our viewpoint and spoke about the impact of antimicrobial resistance on families in the reports.

MRSA Action UK is calling for education for both prescribers and the public. In its response to the consultation on the NICE quality statement on antimicrobial stewardship the charity asked for the provision of antimicrobial pharmacists and improved diagnostic tools to speed up the process of identifying organisms that cause infections. There is, we feel, an emphasis needed on prescribing the correct antimicrobial at the right time. Without the training and tools of the trade this is a challenge for prescribers. Derek advised that we have to preserve these powerful drugs or we would be facing a future where the simplist of infection will be untreatable, and return to the pre-antibiotic era. View our press release for more information

Jules and Steve completed the Race the Train 14 Miler
on Saturday 15th August 2015

Jules and Steve competed with the Rotary Challenge train time of 1h 47m 46s. They had a gruelling challenge which they say they enjoyed and finished in 2h 24m 46s. Their photo shows them plunging through the cold water whilst a colleague is more cautious sticking to the stepping stones rather than getting cold feet! Brrrr.... that part looked chilly, but may have been a welcome relief from the warm sunshine. Great stuff Jules and Steve!

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These are their forthcoming challenges:

11th October Royal Parks Half (Steve only)

18th October Chelmsford Marathon

25th October Great South 10 Miler

7th November Poppy Half Marathon Bexhill-on-Sea

Read more about their achievements on their dedicated webpage

Maria Cann recognised for patient involvement work by the University of West London

23 July 2013

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Maria at Wembley Stadium after receiving her award

Leading figures in the health sector were honoured by the University of West London’s (UWL) College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare on Thursday 23 July. The University’s annual graduation ceremony took place at Wembley Stadium and the honorary degree recipients were joined by more than 1600 graduates.

Receiving honorary degrees were Sandra Hatton, former Managing Director of Health Education Thames Valley; and Maria Cann, founder member of patient charity MRSA Action UK. More....

World MRSA Day

7th Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event

Saturday September 26 2015

Our colleague and friend in the USA Jeanine Thomas is working on some new programs for the MRSA Survivors' Network - encouraging youth involvement and exploring the possibility of producing a documentary on MRSA. Jeanine is aiming to introduce a Bill for universal screening for MRSA at a federal level.

Jeanine will be hosting the 7th Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff event on Saturday, September 26 2015 in Chicago. Her events will coincide with our awareness raising throughout October and on World MRSA Day itself, October 2nd, we will be at the annual Infection Prevention Society Conference in Liverpool, where we will be promoting awareness with colleagues from across healthcare who are experts in infection prevention and control.

Infection Prevention & Control 2016

23 February 2016
Royal College of General Practioners

Public Health England figures released in June show that the number of recorded cases of MRSA for the first quarter of 2015 are up 9% on the same period in 2014. Similarly, C. difficile infections rose by 12% between Q1 in 2014 and Q1 in 2015. These worrying trends were seemingly pre-empted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) who in April 2014 were clear about the risk of letting infection control efforts slip. In unveiling Quality Standard 61, the Institute drew attention to the continuing impact of HAI; 300,000 people get an infection while being cared for within the NHS in England each year and one in 16 people being treated on the NHS picks up an infection. The document places a requirement on trusts and HCPs to redouble their infection prevention and control endeavours.

The programme includes:

Economics of infection in the NHS
Angelina Cannizarro, Health and Central Government Faculty Lead, CIPFA

NICE QS61 and its associated quality standards and guidelines.
What it means for healthcare professionals
Dr Hugh McIntyre, Chair, Quality Standards Advisory Committee, NICE

The current data on MRSA and C.difficle. What does it tell us?
Professor Neil Woodford, Head of the AMRHAI Reference Unit, PHE

Networking & Poster Viewing

NHS England clostridium difficile infection objectives
Philip Howard, Regional Healthcare Associated Infetions and Antimicrobial Resistance Project Lead, NHS England

The human consequences of infection control lapses
Andrea Jenkyns MP, Morley and Outwood and Trustee of MRSA Action UK

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