European Antibiotic Awareness Day
Monday, 18th November 2013
The UK Government recently published its Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013-18 setting out how it aims to tackle the problem, one of the most significant public health threats today. The strategy aims to address the challenges we face around antimicrobial resistance.
Antibiotic resistant infections account for 25,000 deaths a year across Europe, 10% are in the UK.
Earlier this month Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England told ITV's Tonight programme how we could be facing a very challenging future for relatively routine operations like hip or knee replacements if our stocks of antibiotics are not used judiciously. Without effective antibiotics surgery will be risky as we could be in a position where we get an infection that will not respond to antibiotics. More....
5th November 2013
Derek Butler and Andrea Jenkyns will be working with schools in Yorkshire promoting hand washing with children and getting children to design posters to display in local hospitals. They are hopeful of promoting this idea to the Department of Health to get them to roll out a national campaign. They used the materials from the highly successful 'Give Soap a Chance Campaign' designed by our colleague Eileen Henderson from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. More....
When the drugs don't work
Tragic Sammy Fallon died of an MRSA-connected illness at the age of 17. Her mum Sue spoke to Tonight.
"The pharmaceutical companies need to do more research and try and find antibiotics that will fight these superbugs. And the doctors need to stop just giving people antibiotics for no reason because that's why we're becoming immune to them."
- SUE FALLON
The programme looks at the international nature of the problem, and accompanies Professor Tim Walsh of Cardiff University in India as he takes samples of water from the Ganges River. He is looking for an enzyme called NDM1 which converts normal bacteria into antibiotic resistant bugs.
More about Sammie's story
Read the summary on ITV's website
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Infection Prevention Masterclass
East Surrey Hospital
23rd October 2013
Derek Butler and Maria Cann visited East Surrey Hospital to hear about the way forward for infection prevention and Derek gave the patient experience and case studies showing both good and poor practice and the impact this has on patients and families. More...
They actually have done much more than that in terms of the profile they are raising on their travels, they are great ambassadors for the charity.
A special thanks goes to Steve's colleague Tom Mercer, who kindly donated £500 he won in a client's raffle.
They had a fantastic time running the 40th Berlin Marathon on 29th September 2013 and took the opportunity to take in some sightseeing and enjoy the culture of Germany, a well deserved break for them both. Steve completed the marathon in 4:11 and Jules in 4:13.
They ran the BUPA Birmingham Half marathon on Sunday 20th October and finished in 1:53, Jules tweeted "Very happy as done little since Berlin. Very hilly!" MRSA Awareness month finished in Portsmouth for Jules and Steve with the Great South Run on the 27th October.
It was a windy Great South Run in Portsmouth. Jules and Steve completed the 10 miles in 82 minutes, a new personal best by 4 minutes. Jules tells us Mr O lost a bet so he ran in a pink onesie.
And here is the pink bunny!
You can read more about their epic adventures and how the fundraising all began in the special article on page 7, written for Colchester Council's staff newsletter.
To support them leave a message on their Just Giving page visit http://www.justgiving.com/JulesnSteve
or text MRSA66 to 70070 and the amount to donate
Go to their dedicated webpage to read more about their fundraising activities
The Fifth Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event & Global C diff Summit was held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Hinsdale Community House in Hinsdale, Illinois.
Jeanine Thomas, founder of Chicago based MRSA Survivors Network says "Hospitals in the US continue to under report MRSA infections..."
MRSA Action UK's opinion is that MRSA and other infections are under-reported here too, with only MRSA bloodstream infections being reported and published regularly, something that the Department of Health needs to address.
Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Unite gave a special message to attendees of the event in Hinsdale, Illinois via video, and can be viewed here.
MRSA Action UK events
Here in the UK, families affected by MRSA attended Infection Prevention Awareness days in hospitals and heard from experts in the field of Infection Prevention at the Annual Infection Prevention Society Conference in London, from September 30 to October 2. Everyone joined in by wearing their MRSA Awareness Ribbons, many delegates told us they were promoting MRSA Awareness events at their healthcare facilities and took plenty of information for patients away with them.
Professor Graham Ayliffe on World MRSA Day
You can view pictures of delegates and corporate members taking part here.
The Infection Prevention Society responded the Keogh Review and welcomed its emphasis on maintaining the highest standards of infection prevention and control. In 2012 the Society worked with the Patients Association and Royal College of Nursing to recommend the need for a national discussion on the future of infection prevention and control, both its strategic structures and how best to guarantee sustainability and further improvements over time.
Other key findings of the review supported by the Society include:
- A need to triangulate staffing levels and healthcare associated infection risk;
- Surgeons taking ownership of surgical site infections;
- The urgent need to move towards realistic, accurate, reliable hand hygiene monitoring and compliance reporting with compliance monitored by validated tools;
And (with an emphasis on implementation at the point of patient care)
- The need to routinize hand hygiene;
- The need for hand hygiene products to be available in a reliable way
Awareness raising by family affected by MRSA
Steve and Julia Owen, Trustees of the charity MRSA Action UK took part in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday 29th September, a fantastic way to raise awareness and funds for MRSA Action UK. They have run 450 miles raising awareness on our behalf. Steve's father Donald sadly died as a consequence of MRSA during a routine operation, and the couple are helping by raising awareness everywhere they go.
Infection Prevention is everyone's business, and staff must be trained in how to avoid infection risk at all levels.
Julia and Steve Owen at the First Back to the Stadium National Lottery Event this year
October - MRSA Awareness month
October is MRSA Awareness month, trends in the Department of Health's reporting show that traditionally October see's a dip in the numbers of reported cases, this may be down to infection prevention awareness raising and training programmes taking place.
MRSA Action UK would like to see this focus become permanent in all healthcare facilities, with weekly briefings for all staff on how well they are doing, and surgeons being briefed on any infections that have developed after surgery, implementing actions to address any clusters or outbreaks of infection.
Everyone needs to be the best they can be when delivering patient care, everyone must be Infection Preventionists - in the words of Aristotle: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit"
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