Reducing HCAIs 2014: The Worldwide Effort 3 November 2014
Govtoday is holding its third national conference of the year, Reducing HCAIs 2014: The Worldwide Effort, will be hosted at Londonís Mermaid Theatre on 3rd November and will consider what healthcare providers around the world are doing to mitigate the infection risk within the care settings they manage and what best practice the UK can learn from. Leading speakers will talk about the cross boundary dimension of disease and pandemic along with the need for a global response to healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance to match the collaboration over other societal perils like climate change and terrorism.
Visit the Govtoday website for more information
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.
Jules and Steve have been running for our charity since 2011 in memory of Steve's father, Don. They have covered over 2,000 race kilometres (excluding training). You can read more about their challenges and achievements on their dedicated webpage . This week they will be in Portsmouth for the Great South Run, followed by the Thurrock 10k on 2 November.
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:
The Great South Run Southsea, Portsmouth 26 October 2014
Thurrock 10k 2 November 2014
Poppy Half Marathon Bexhill-on-Sea 8 November 2014
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
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.
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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 email@example.com