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A very festive Jules and Steve completed the Southend 5 miler
Santa fun run on 14 December 2014




A cold and bright morning in Southend, and Jules and Steve completed the 5 miler in 40 minutes, happy runners!

Jules is also donating what she would have spent on Christmas cards to her two favourite charities this year, MRSA Action UK and the Stroke Association. Thanks for all you do Jules and Steve, you are both fantastic.

We hope you like their festive pictures, we think they are great. Merry Christmas everyone!

Thank you Jules and Steve for raising £4,263.88 and covering over 1,400 race miles!

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

These are their forthcoming challenges:

London Winter Run 10k Central London 1 February 2015
Roding Valley Half on the 8 March 2015
Surrey Spitfire 20 miler Dunsfold Aerodrome 29 March 2015
Brighton Marathon 12 April 2015
London Marathon on the 26 April 2015
Bupa 10K London on the 25 May 2015
Chase the Train in Wales in August 2015

You can read more about their challenges and achievements since they began running for us in 2011 on their dedicated webpage
MRSA Action UK share the views of leading economist Jim O'Neill in the Independent Commission to tackle antimicrobial resistance in tens of millions of victims
11 December 2014

As victims of the antimicrobial resistant infection MRSA and families who lost loved ones, we agree with the reports today that we must act urgently and decisively to fix the broken business model for antibiotics and other methods to prevent and treat disease caused by ever evolving antimicrobial resistant organisms.

The report from the Independent Commission claims that without global action, drug resistant infections will cause 10 million deaths a year worldwide by 2050, and will cost at least $100 trillion during the next 35 years. The use of vaccines, diagnostics, infection prevention and control, technologies and devices has to be made a priority if we are to stem the tide of antimicrobial resistance that is one of the biggest threats to modern medicine as we know it.



Derek Butler speaks to ITN about the loss of three family members to MRSA

Last year, the CDC issued the first national threat assessment on antimicrobial resistance. The media reported that 23,000 Americans die each year from antibacterial resistance, but the CDC estimated an additional 14,000 deaths per year from Clostridium difficile due to antibiotic use. These calculations are conservative and undoubtedly undercount the true impact in the US, the equivalent of a 100-passenger jet crashing every day.

Antibiotic resistant deaths in Europe are in the same range, and the situation in poorer countries is worse with resistant pathogens in low-income countries causing several hundred thousand neonatal sepsis deaths each year.

Future projections are much worse. If we lose antibiotics as a drug class, the wider societal cost may be more than a trillion dollars, shaving several years off life expectancy and making many modern medical procedures either impossible or much more dangerous.

Exhausting our reserves of antimicrobials is cheap and lazy; preserving them will take concerted effort and substantial resources. These future expenditures are an investment in the continued effectiveness of one of the greatest classes of drugs ever discovered. Consider this as an "insurance premium," protecting us against the post-antibiotic era.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is the third leader of the G7 to highlight the urgent need to act on this issue. She is joined by many civil society organizations in Europe calling for reforms, such as ReACT and Antibiotic Action.

There is now unprecedented political, societal, and medical mobilisation to address antibiotic resistance. This level of energy and consensus has never been seen on this issue. We must act now, or we risk wasting this opportunity for a generation.

Prime Minister David Cameron's independent commission headed by economist Jim O'Neill and funded by the Wellcome Trust, follows advice from Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer of England, and from Europe and the World Health Organisation.

The review will move on to recommend actions including:
- Ways to refine and reduce the use of anti-infective drugs so that microbes have less chance of evolving resistance. These will use advances in genomics and computer science to improve diagnosis.
- Incentives for the pharmaceutical industry and academic researchers to develop new drugs.
- Alternative therapies, particularly vaccines, to prevent infection.
- Better international co-ordination of drug regulation and use of antibiotics.

The review will publish further papers on these themes and bring out a final report in the summer of 2016, and we must heed the warnings and take action to save antimicrobial treatments for future generations.
MRSA Action UK asks healthcare professionals and the public to be Antibiotic Guardians

Members of MRSA Action UK are making their pledge to become Antibiotic Guardians encouraging everyone to make better use of antibiotics.

The aim of this year's European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18th November is that by 30th November at least 10,000 healthcare professionals and members of the public will have committed to at least one pledge for prudent use of antimicrobials.

Antibiotics treat infections by killing bacteria, but now the bacteria are fighting back. Medicines are becoming less effective which means more deaths and more complications for people receiving treatment in hospital. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, organ transplants, cancer treatments all rely on antibiotics that work.

Antibiotics are precious. The message we are giving to healthcare professionals is to take care when prescribing them. Antibiotics have an important and often lifesaving role in healthcare, but prescribing them unnecessarily contributes to the problem of bacteria developing resistance to the antibiotics that they would have once been susceptible to.

We also want to remind the public that they should be aware that antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections and they do not work against virus infections such as those causing colds or most coughs. GPs should only prescribe antibiotics when you need them. When antibiotics are prescribed, it is important that patients always take them as directed and complete the course to get rid of the bacteria completely and so they can stay effective in the future.

25,000 people die each year across Europe from infections resistant to antibiotics. Research has shown that only 10% of sore throats and 20% of acute sinusitis benefit from antibiotic treatment but the prescription rates are much higher than this.

Everyone can help to preserve antibiotics for the future by taking simple actions. Don?t ask for them, treat cold and flu symptoms with pharmacist advice and over the counter medicines. Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed, never save them for later and never share them with others.

We have all been personally affected by the scourge of antibiotic resistance, and know what happens when the drugs don?t work. Anyone facing surgery is vulnerable, as there are more and more antibiotic resistant organisms developing in the healthcare environment. Members of the charity also give their time to work with research into antibiotic resistance and helping with writing guidelines and patient information with microbiologists and infection prevention practitioners. It?s a way of making sure our relatives have not passed away in vain, sharing our experiences to help get the message out there is important.

Anyone can pledge to be an Antibiotic Guardian by visiting www.antibioticguardian.com
Kings College Hospital Trust
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.
Maria Saraceni has completed the Reaper's Run in Coventry On Saturday 18th Oct 2014

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:

"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.

Healthcare colleagues and industry recognise World MRSA Day and World MRSA Awareness Month - October at Infection Prevention 2014

Once again colleagues from across healthcare recognised the significance of World MRSA Day on October 1st at Infection Prevention 2014. The exhibition hall at The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow was full of people wearing awareness ribbons, we took the opportunity to take photos on the day. More...

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.

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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 info@mrsaactionuk.net