CHICAGO, Aug. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- "MRSA infections are rampant in the United States healthcare facilities and the ongoing MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus) epidemic is fueling antibiotic resistance globally," states Jeanine Thomas founder of MRSA Survivors Network. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a current and dangerous global public health crisis.
Hand hygiene compliance by most healthcare facilities in the United States is abysmal with 40% compliance by healthcare workers and only 30% by physicians. Decontamination of surfaces and the environment in most healthcare facilities continues to be lax and these lapses in infection control provide transmission to patients. A comprehensive approach to controlling MRSA includes: active detection and isolation (ADI), strict adherence to hand hygiene, thorough decontamination of the environment and an antimicrobial resistant drug stewardship program.
10th Anniversary of World MRSA Day Kickoff Event & C. difficile Summit - Free MRSA Screening at the Event
Sponsors: Gold level: Roche, Cepheid, NBC5 Chicago. Silver: Melinta & Telligen
The annual awareness kickoff event will be held September 29, 2018 at the Community House in Hinsdale, Illinois from 10:30am – 12:30pm. The 2018 Global theme is: 'The Ongoing MRSA Epidemic – A Call to Action.' Dr. Michael S. Pulia is Keynote Speaker, Mr. Rob Stafford of NBC5 Chicago is emceeing, leading experts will present and survivors will share their personal stories. HA-MRSA, CA-MRSA, Sepsis, C. diff, antimicrobial resistance, LA-MRSA and environmental issues are the topics and how to help prevent an infection. The event is uplifting and informative with a Q & A session with a panel of speakers and infection preventionists answering questions from the audience. Bring the entire family – the public and healthcare industry are uniting to help raise awareness. Admission and parking are free. World MRSA Day is October 2 and World MRSA Awareness Month is October.
Free MRSA screening will be available at the event for the first eighty attendees to arrive and this is the first time in the United States or globally free MRSA testing has been offered to the public. All high-risk patients should be screened upon admission to a hospital.
MRSA Survivors Network was the first patient advocacy and consumer organization in the U.S. since 2002 to raise the alarm concerning MRSA and healthcare-acquired infections.
For information on how you can become a Corporate Sponsor (sponsorships and donations are tax deductible), organize an event, donate, or volunteer contact us at: 630 325-4354, www.MRSAsurvivors.org, info@MRSAsurvivors.org, Twitter.com/MRSAsurvivors and at Facebook.com/MRSASurvivorsNetwork.
SOURCE MRSA Survivors Network