Families will pay tribute and remember those lost to MRSA and healthcare associated infections at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 13th June 2013
We hope that the Government and the Health Secretary will take heed of the warnings in the Chief Medical Officer’s report, and calls from Dame Sally Davies to place more emphasis on prevention of bacterial infections, and on research into the bacteria and how resistance to antimicrobials can be tackled.
When our Prime Minister was elected to his position he stated very clearly that his Government would be one that is transparent, open, and accountable to the people of this country. How sad it is then, that when the first real test arrives David Cameron has left himself wanting for his lack of action in having those involved in the Mid-Staffordshire debacle accountable for their insensitivities to patients’ and families’ concerns.
With the anticipated release of the Mid-Staffordshire Public Inquiry on Wednesday it is not only expected to be critical of the underlying failings within the NHS concerning the standard of care at the Mid-Staffordshire hospital between 2005/2008, but across the NHS in general.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held in March with opportunities for members to be involved in shaping the way the Charity lobbies for improvement in our healthcare and helps to raise awareness about healthcare infections and what we can do to stay well and reduce the risks of acquiring them. Read more...
MRSA Action UK's analysis of figures from the Health Protection Agency show that the measures that have been so successful in reducing the numbers of infections reported to the Health Protection Agency are working. However there are still some hospitals that are no longer seeing the reductions that the best performing hospitals are. Under a new regime hospitals where an MRSA bloodstream infection have occurred will be required to undertake a post infection review to see where things went wrong. There may be financial penalties incurred if the infection was avoidable.
For the first time since the increased frequency in reporting of the superbugs MRSA and Clostridium difficile in 2009, there has been a slowing in the reduction of healthcare associated infections nationally. The proportion of the 1,513 MRSA cases acquired in hospital did not reduce, and even more concerning, the 25,157 cases of Clostridium difficile showed that cases in the community had increased by 3.6% over the 13-month period September 2011 to September 2012 compared to the previous 13-month period.
European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), which takes place on 18 November 2012, raises public and professional awareness of the need for responsible prescribing to slow down the development of antibiotic resistance and is part of a national programme to combat antimicrobial resistance.
Behavourial science increases hand hygiene compliance – use of soap increased by 30% in three year study of Cleanyourhands feedback intervention
Today is Global Handwashing Day, and millions of children and adults are taking part in events around the world.
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust: Derek Butler will give the patient experience of MRSA
Our friend and colleague Jeanine Thomas from across the pond in Chicago, Illinois, has organised an MRSA Summit to open proceedings for World MRSA Day, which we recognise on 2nd October - the anniversary date of the discovery of MRSA here in the UK.
The report on the 9th September by the Sunday Mail Medical Correspondent Jo Macfarlane titled “Complaints culture is bleeding schools and hospitals dry” made very interesting reading from the point of view of MRSA Action UK. The report centred on the fact that a report produced by the think tank “Centre for policy studies” has shown it says how litigation against public bodies such as the NHS is “ingrained in the national psyche as a warped form of normal behaviour”.
MRSA Action UK comment on Andrew Lansley’s departure as Secretary of State for Health
Department of Health survey shows how important a clean hospital is to patients, but fails to ask the important question about food
The Board of Trustees of the national charity MRSA Action UK met members and friends at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 28th June 2012 for a service at the Innocent Victims Memorial. The service was very moving with prayers led by Reverend Canon Ralph Godsall, paying tribute to the many who have died from MRSA and other healthcare associated infections. Those in attendance received a blessing granting rest to those who had died, and grace to those who live to campaign and work to raise awareness and help avoid further suffering from avoidable healthcare infections.
The Charity MRSA Action UK will be holding a service to remember the many who have died from what are often avoidable healthcare associated infections. We know that great strides have been made in raising awareness and helping to bring in measures to reduce the numbers of people who contract infections whilst they are being treated in hospital, but we also know that there is a great deal more to do with antibiotic resistance remaining a problem that will continue to evolve. Our Charity has seen people of all ages succumb to infections and some have lost their lives, so this is our opportunity to honour their memory and let those that remain continue the campaign to keep infection prevention and control high on everyone’s agenda.
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The Health Protection Agency preliminary findings from research conducted in 99 acute hospital trusts and 5 independent sector organisations during September and November last year, has revealed that over a third of patients received antibiotics, with over half being administered for community acquired infections.
It is estimated that around ten thousand lives have been saved over four years by NHS trusts during the lifespan of the cleanyourhands campaign.
The Government is committed to a more central role for patients and the Prime Minister has announced that a new system of Patient-Led Inspections will replace Patient Environment Action Teams from 2013. The results of the new inspections will be reported publicly to help drive up standards of care.
The Brighton Marathon had over 18,000 runners this year, and many charities were supported by the fantastic efforts of those taking part. For Julia Owen from Chelmsford, aka Jules, this was a personal triumph as she completed the marathon in 4 hours 26 minutes. Read more here.
On the 15th November 2011, my life changed forever as a result of MRSA. My wonderful Dad Clifford Jenkyns passed away on that sad day. In July 2011, my Dad went into hospital for a routine procedure to insert a lung drain. This is where he caught MRSA. Read more here.
MRSA Survivors Network, a global leader in the fight for MRSA awareness, education and prevention launches this week – "International MRSA Testing Week, April 1-7th" a new global campaign with the slogan "Prevention Saves Lives" that draws critical attention for the need of healthcare facilities worldwide to screen high risk patients for MRSA upon admission with continued surveillance and testing – active detection and isolation saves lives.
MRSA Action UK will hold it’s Annual General Meeting on 17th March 2012. There are opportunities for members to be involved in shaping the way the Charity lobbies for improvement in our healthcare and help to raise awareness about healthcare infections and what we can do to stay well and reduce the risks of acquiring them.