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Superbugs and the Role of Diagnostics - World Antibiotic Awareness Week
14 November 2017
The Longitude Prize and the Antimicrobial Research Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are holding an event to celebrate the third anniversary of the five year prize. ‘Superbugs and the Role of Diagnostics’ is being hosted on Tuesday 14 November, during World Antibiotic Awareness Week.
Dr Zoe Williams, resident doctor on This Morning and a presenter on BBC Two’s Trust Me I’m a Doctor, explores the lives of those affected by superbugs, the clinicians trying to help them and the teams coming up with solutions to reduce antibiotic resistance.
MRSA Action UK Vice Chair Helen Bronstein talks about her personal experience of MRSA having lost her mum to the superbug.
World Antibiotic Awareness Week
13 November 2017
Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective. When the microorganisms become resistant to most antimicrobials they are often referred to as “superbugs”. This is a major concern because a resistant infection may kill, can spread to others, and imposes huge costs to individuals and society. Antimicrobial resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. It is an increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society.
Derek Butler was a founding member of MRSA Action UK following the loss of his stepfather to MRSA in 2003. This was not the first time he had lost a family member to this organism, his grandfather and uncle also succumbed to MRSA and died.
Derek and his partner Maria Cann worked with Manchester Science Partnerships on a short film recounting their personal experiences with MRSA and the Gram Negative bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
They are passionate about raising awareness and the need to tackle antimicrobial resistance, as these films demonstrate. More...
Conference with European Parliament, Brussels Scientific, Human Health, Husbandry, and Socio-Economic Aspects of Antimicrobial Resistance: Time to Act
28 June 2017
Susan Fallon-Knapper, Vice Chair MRSA Action UK told her moving story to MEPs in the European Parliament. It took courage to speak of events that led to her beautiful daughter Sammie passing away with MRSA at the young age of 17.
The conference was hosted by MEPs Ms. Adina-Iona Valean, Chair and Mr. Pavel Poc, Vice Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and Mr. Fredrick Federley Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.
Sue's presentation opened the event preceding Dr Marc Sprenger, Director of the AMR Secretariat of the World Health Organisation, who gave a Keynote speech on the theme of the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Patient Safety Report "Time to Act", published December 9th 2016.
Speaking at the event, Susan told how her daughter Samantha had died from Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an infection caused by a type of bacteria that has become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary infections.
She gave a moving and emotional testimony on how 17-year-old Samantha never left hospital after being admitted for a relatively minor virus. Over the following four days, the college student suffered major organ failure and it was discovered she had MRSA in her nose, neck and lung. Sue spoke of how her personal tragedy highlighted the growing threat from antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
She was one of the keynote speakers at the half day conference, co-organised by PA International Foundation, which brought together MEPs, physicians and experts in the field.
Sue said "I want to call on the Parliament, on behalf of MRSA Action UK and all those who we support, to put in place rules and regulations to prevent people falling victim to AMR.
"We would like the Parliament to take the lead to ensure we protect our present stock of antibiotics and to help develop other antimicrobials for future generations.
"We are the golden generation who have been born and live in an antibiotic era, who have enjoyed the greatest leap in medical science in mankind.
"But I am asking for you to take the action required so that no one else has to go through what my family and I have been through." The event, which came on the eve of the Commission's new action plan on AMR, heard that bacteria found in humans, animals and food continue to show resistance to widely used antimicrobials.
Bioinfect Conference, Alderley Park Conference Centre, Cheshire
3 November 2016
The major one-day conference reviewed the critical issues relating to the development of new anti-infectives and the endemic problem of antimicrobial resistance. Derek Butler, Chair of MRSA Action UK presented “A Patient’s View” and was followed by Lord Jim O’Neill, who led the Government’s review on tackling the global problem of antimicrobial resistance, and gave the keynote address. The opening of the address began with a film on antimicrobial resistance, in which members of MRSA Action UK, Derek Butler and Maria Cann featured.
AHCP Northern Branch Annual Study Day
George Washington Golf and Spa Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, Washington, Tyne and Wear
10 November 2016
Derek Butler presented the "Future of Infection Control, Hearts and Minds" at the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' study day.
In his book "Mirage of Health" the respected French microbiologist Rene Dubos wrote, "Since the days of the cave man, the earth has never been a garden of Eden but a valley of decision where resilience is essential to survival. To grow up in the midst of danger is the fate of the human race" in the face of microbes it has been one of survival and danger.
Derek spoke of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells scandal in 2007 where 90 patients died and the Mid Staffordshire Scandal where there were 1,200 Deaths between 2005-2008. During this period families affected by healthcare associated infections were campaigning with MRSA Action UK to bring about change and became stakeholders in the Department of Health’s cleaner hospitals campaign and the WHO Cleanyourhands campaign. He recounted the stories of families' personal experiences and the legacy of getting infection prevention and control wrong, leaving the impact like ripples in a pond.
Delegates heard stories regarding patients as young as 17 years old, the loss of a young mother and her baby and how this had spurred the families on to bring change.
We need to focus efforts on prevention and hygiene in the healthcare environment was a key component to preventing infections, and the burgeoning impact of antimicrobial resistance for our children and grandchildren.
He asked delegates to remember, that nothing matters until it becomes personal, and all that is necessary for the harm of patients, is that good people like you do nothing.
Steve completes the Great South Run
October 23 2016
Steve ran the Great South Run on October 23rd in the autumn sunshine. The 10 mile run took him through the sights of Southsea and Portsmouth past HMS Victory, Spinnaker Tower and views of the Isle of Wight. This was certainly a victory for you Steve, finishing in a time of 01:26:37. Jules was there to support him, but still resting from running due to a back injury. Get well soon Jules and congratulations Steve.
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Steve runs the Chester Marathon on World MRSA Day
October 2nd 2016
Jules and Steve kicked off MRSA Awareness Month October in Chester, along with Ted their cute little terrier. Jules was there to cheer Steve on in the Chester Marathon. The grueling run started at Chester Racecourse (Ted thinks he would be good at this too!).
Jules commented "He did it! I'm so proud of him the last 10k was a struggle but he was determined to finish with a smile on his face and is very very happy with 04:29:00"
A huge thank you Steve and congratulations on completing the Chester Marathon.
Hayleigh completes the Tough Mudder
25 September 2016
At the end of September we were contacted by Hayleigh Proctor who lost her uncle Colin to MRSA. Hayleigh let us know that she would be joining friends to run the Tough Mudder on the 25th September, and had decided to donate the proceeds they raised to MRSA action UK.
Jenny, Hayleigh Dan, and Matt before the event
They raised £405.33 for MRSA Action UK and our grateful thanks go to Hayleigh and her friends and all the people who donated. You can still donate and read more about the challenge on their Just Giving Page