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MRSA Action UK proposal to the government
Healthcare Infections A Manifesto 2015
29 April 2015
In 2010 MRSA Action UK published our proposal to the government “Healthcare Infections – A Manifesto”. We highlighted how every infection matters and we asked for a zero tolerance approach to avoidable infections. We spoke of how reporting needed to be improved, including legislating on the recording of healthcare-associated infections on death certificates. And we asked for public education campaigns on antimicrobial resistance and hand hygiene. We have seen numbers reducing for MRSA bloodstream infections and cases of Clostridium difficile over the last five years.
We have, however, witnessed growing problems with antimicrobial resistance and note that reductions in Clostridium difficile have stalled at around 20,000 recorded cases a year, and 14,000 Staph bloodstream infections a year – Staph is the micro-organism involved in the evolution of MRSA, the abbreviation for meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
MRSA Action UK believes the government must continue to invest in the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections and strategies to manage the threats of antimicrobial resistance. Hospitals and care facilities must be well staffed to be able to carry out safe care efficiently and effectively. Again, we ask the government to:
-Empower all healthcare providers to adopt a zero tolerance approach to avoidable healthcare infections across the healthcare economy through investment in resources and technologies and competency based training for clinical care
-Publish the mandatory collection of data on surgical site infections in this financial year, and introduce a target to reduce these, with year on year reductions in each clinical setting
-Publish MRSA bacteraemias, Clostridium difficile, surgical site, urinary and catheter infections on a hospital basis to inform patient choice
-Publish benchmarking and incidence surveillance in intensive care units – particularly ventilator-associated pneumonia, as recommended from the English point prevalence survey
-Provide public reporting of organisations’ device prevalence to assist in reducing device use and shortening duration of use, as recommended from the English point prevalence survey
-Follow up surgical site infections with a post infection review providing surgeons with their infection rates and make this information available in the public domain
-Introduce legislation and regulation for recording healthcare associated infections on death certificates in accordance with Office of National Statistics guidelines
-Invest in research into the lasting effects of healthcare associated infections on survivors, and provide access to support services and benefits for sufferers
-Work collaboratively with the EU to identify strategies for tackling the problem of antimicrobial resistance across the wider healthcare economy, in care homes and in the community
-Publish antimicrobial consumption data for each hospital and primary care organisation (GP practices) to encourage judicious use, based on recommendations from the English point prevalence survey
-Promote education and advertising campaigns on the importance of hand hygiene and the need to be judicious in the use of antibiotics
-Provide well resourced hospitals, giving healthcare workers time to care
BBC Radio 4 - The Report
7 May 2015 - 8.00pm
Why drug resistance is now regarded by the UK government as one of the most severe threats to public safety. Peter Marshall reports.
Derek Butler and Maria Cann join next week's debate on BBC Radio 4
Jules and Steve triumph in the London Marathon
for MRSA Action UK
26 April 2015
We knew they would do it. Jules smashed it in 04:00:09, just ahead of Steve who did a fantastic run in 04:07:50, we saw you on TV Steve! They have raised £5,170.21. We thank everyone who kindly donated and cheered them on. They have now clocked up 1,640 race miles between them (without the training). They are truly amazing!
The pain and the glory!
To support them leave a message on their Just Giving page visit
or text MRSA66 to 70070 and the amount to donate
These are their forthcoming challenges:
10th May Hackney Half
17th May Great Baddow 10 Miler
25th May Bupa London 10k
6th June Bedgebury Forest Half
14th June Southend Half
12th July Lee Valley 10k
19th July Newham 10k (back at the Olympic Stadium)
15th August Race the Train 14 Miler
11th October Royal Parks Half (Steve only)
18th October Leigh on Sea 10k
25th October Great South 10 Miler
7th November Poppy Half
You can read more about their fantastic achievements on their dedicated webpage
International MRSA Testing Week
April 1st - 7th 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.
International MRSA Testing Week and is trying 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 26th 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.
Association of Hospital Cleaning Professionals
Southern Branch Study Day
9 April 2015
Carlos Alves, Southern Branch Chairman and Housekeeping Services Manager at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust invited MRSA Action UK to present at their Study Day. Feedback from the event will be published shortly.
The Future of Patient Safety Conference 2015
Delivering Quality Care for All
Friday 15 May 2015, University of Salford, Manchester
MRSA Action UK will be attending this conference in May.
The event will include sessions on:
- Placing patient care at the heart of the NHS
- Ensuring that reducing the risk of health care associated infections (HCAI's) remains an NHS priority
- Using information to improve quality, safety and the patient experience
- Delivering openness and transparency in patient care
- Tackling Healthcare-Associated infections
- Commissioning for quality improvement
More information on how to register interest or book a space
The Future of Infection Prevention and Control Conference 2015
Wednesday 8 July 2015, University of Salford, Manchester
Derek Butler has been invited to deliver a leading address at The Future of Infection Prevention and Control Conference 2015, which is taking place on Wednesday 8 July 2015, at the University of Salford, Manchester.
The shared aim of all healthcare professionals is to reduce the risk of harm from healthcare-associated infections for patients, staff and visitors; and to reduce the costs associated with preventable infection.
The Future of Infection Prevention and Control Conference 2015 will provide healthcare professionals with knowledge and practical tools needed to prevent and control Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs). The conference will explore how patient safety can be improved, associated costs reduced, and what training can be introduced to ensure rates of infection continue to fall, and the quality of health outcomes improve. Through discussion, debate and engagement, delegates will hear and learn about key updates in regards to detection, prevention and control from leading experts. Key issues to be addressed on the day include:
-Meeting targets and implementing NICE's quality improvement guidance
-Improving patient safety through infection prevention
-Strengthening multi-agency working: information sharing between health services
-Reducing the costs associated with preventable infection
-Training and engagement strategies to support healthcare workers reduce infection rates
-Infection prevention and control and health inequalities
-The role of new technologies in minimising risk from HCAIs
More information on how to register interest or book a space