5th Infection Prevention and Control Study Day
Friday 26th September 2014
Derek Butler will present and give the patient perspective on acquiring healthcare associated infections. Wirral Infection Prevention and Control Service works across the health and social care setting to reduce healthcare associated infections and have extended an invitation to MRSA Action UK to take part in their study day.
MRSA Action UK will be attending Infection Prevention 2014
29 September to 1 October 2014
Derek Butler and Maria Cann will attend the Infection Prevention Society Annual Conference in Glasgow again this year, and we thank Molnlycke Healthcare for their sponsorship for this important event.
We will have a stand with leaflets and information and will be asking everyone to recognise World MRSA Awareness Month by wearing an awareness ribbon again this year, and take our message back to their healthcare facilities.
MRSA activists, including MRSA Survivors Network in the USA and MRSA Action UK, continue to call for world unity from governments, the healthcare industry and the community for a greater response to MRSA and other resistant pathogens.
October 2nd 1960 was the day when Professor Patricia Jevons observed Staphylococcus aureus that was resistant to the antibiotic Methicillin. This new drug, also known as the chemical compound BRL 1241, had been published in the British Medical Journal as a suitable alternative to Penicillin for resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus just a month beforehand (September 3rd 1960). There was some caution reserved in the publication with resistance being shown in lower doses of the drug. Shortly after in February 1961 the British Medical Journal cited Professor Jevons observation of the resistant pathogen that we now know as MRSA. It soon became endemic in UK hospitals and around the world.
There are many organisms that cause infections, but Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) will always be with us causing significant health issues if we don't respect it's presence as part of our normal skin flora. Jeanine Thomas, founder of MRSA Survivors Network in the USA has taken part in high profile events and campaigns to highlight the importance of tackling the problem. She was invited to be on the White House conference call for President Obama's announcement on reducing infections and tackling antimicrobial resistance this month. We are pleased to see that the USA is joining the need for a global response to the emerging threats from antimicrobial resistance and untreatable infections.
Whilst the incidence of untreatable infections are relatively small at present, you cannot help but wonder if these resistant bacteria spread as MRSA did over the last 25 years, then we could be seeing the end of modern medicine as we know it.
Trees and winding forest trails mud, lakes and obstacles are waiting for Maria to run the Reaper, all for MRSA Action UK. Maria tells her story of her own experience with MRSA on her Just Giving page and we wish her luck with her challenge on the 18th October and hope she gets lots of support:
"I myself acquired MRSA whilst pregnant with my third child. It was the most frightening illness I have ever experienced, especially when, after three years of suffering, I was down to the last treatment options. Hope was further fading when I was informed that I had a very rare form, Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL), which, at that time, the consultants had little knowledge of and the prognosis was poor."
"However, it is not just my experience that inspires me. I have a number of friends whose loved ones went into hospital with an illness or condition and ended up losing their life to a hospital acquired infection."
"I am concerned for the future of healthcare, for although we have a modern healthcare system, this is meaningless if we still have avoidable healthcare infections in our hospitals. I am thus raising funds for the charity MRSA Action UK to help them campaign for safer standards in our hospitals, to ensure that we pass on to our children a healthcare system safer than the one we inherited from our parents and to support and help those affected by avoidable healthcare infections."
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my good friend Sue who, just as I was giving up hope, contacted and put me in touch with Derek and Maria, founders of MRSA Action UK. Derek and Maria's own personal tragedies led them to form MRSA Action UK and they work tirelessly, on an entirely voluntary basis, to help and support others, like myself, affected by hospital acquired infections and their families. Their help and support was invaluable and I think it would be fair to say that they saved my life. Several years have now passed and I will remain forever indebted to them, not only for the practical help they provided but for the much needed emotional support that made me feel I wasn't alone and that there was hope. And there was!"
"I now think it is time I gave something back."
MRSA Action UK is here to help and support you when you need it. You can see how Maria get's on by visiting her Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/Maria-Saraceni/
Thank you Maria.
Infection Control Study Day 20 November 2014
Derek Butler will attend the Infection Control Study Day with Link Nurses and Nurse Champions from all clinical areas across Kings College Hospital Trust.
Derek will lead a morning teaching session for the emergency department on the effects MRSA has on patients and families. This is with the aim of impressing on clinicians the very real consequences poor hand hygiene can have for patients.
MRSA Action UK has joined JustGiving
If you think you can help then please get in touch to talk about getting involved, you may like to help with fundraising and raising awareness. You can do this by donating through Just Giving securely or by creating your own fundraising page or a page in memory of someone.
Just ten pounds could help to support people affected by MRSA or other infections by helping with advice and understanding from others who have been affected. It could also help to provide patient information leaflets, posters to raise awareness on how to prevent infections, leaflets and training materials for seminars, workshops and education events.
If you or someone you care about has been affected by a healthcare infection and you wish to discuss this with us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org