MRSA Screening Saves Lives - Int'l MRSA Testing Week April 1-7

Apr 01, 2014, 08:31 ET from MRSA Survivors Network

CHICAGO, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Get tested", says MRSA Survivors Network's founder and national spokesperson Jeanine Thomas. "It could save your life".  Healthcare-acquired infections, community-acquired MRSA methicillin-resistant staphyloccocus aureus (CA-MRSA) and antimicrobial resistance- (AMR) are a major global health threat and crisis.

Every single day in the United States >200 patients die from a preventable healthcare-acquired infection. Patients entering a healthcare facility should be screened for MRSA.  MRSA colonization is appearing in the community at unprecedented rates and the public is unaware. Healthcare and correctional facilities should step up cleaning and decontaminating efforts to reduce transmission in these facilities where MRSA thrives.

MRSA Survivors Network 's third annual awareness campaign - International MRSA Testing Week –April 1-7th  draws attention to the critical need for; screening at risk patients, strict adherence to hand hygiene, decontamination of surfaces and prudent use of antimicrobials to reduce MRSA colonization and infections that continue to sweep the globe in healthcare facilities and in the community. The 2014 theme for International MRSA Testing Week is "Stop MRSA with Active Detection". A downloadable poster and flyer can be found at

MRSA Survivors Network produced a public service announcement (PSA) with Mr. Rob Stafford, evening news anchor for NBC5 Chicago.

Sponsors: Roche and media sponsor NBC5 Chicago.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently stated that MRSA infection rates in U.S. hospitals have declined but several investigative reports have shown that at least 30% of healthcare-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA) infections are not reported in hospital's ICD-9 discharge coding system, so the number of MRSA infection rates and MRSA deaths are much higher than reported. We need more transparency and accurate data.

Lance R. Peterson MD, Director of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases research at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill., says, "Using new computer analysis capability, the Department of Veterans Affairs has now analyzed its national data and published detailed findings for MRSA control.  The latest analysis showed that a MRSA bundle including universal admission surveillance resulted in less MRSA transmission in the hospital that preceded a reduction in the percentage of patients with MRSA admitted to VA hospitals across the U.S. In addition, both were associated with a significant reduction in MRSA infection for our service men and women.  The VA is to be commended in taking a major step in protecting our veterans across the country from MRSA infection and demonstrating to everyone what can be accomplished with a concerted effort."

The U.S. Veterans Affairs is a Federal agency with >150 facilities that have been screening for MRSA since 2007 and successfully reduced MRSA infections, yet the CDC still does recommend routine MRSA screening. It is still unclear why after irrefutable evidence shows that active detection and isolation (ADI) works for the entire national VA system and also in Northern European countries for decades.

Derek Butler, chairman of MRSA Action UK and MRSA Survivors Network's alliance partner states, "Screening for bacteria such as MRSA and others, both on the patient and in medical facilities is the only way that we can begin to control and  eliminate this pestilence that threatens all our modern healthcare systems. "

6th Annual World MRSA Day Event and C. difficile Summit

The 6th annual World MRSA Day event will be held October 2, 2014 at the Community House in Hinsdale, Illinois from 7-9pm with free admission and parking. MRSA Survivors Network is proud to announce the recipient of their "Person of the Year 2014" award to Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Unite and Virgin Group.  Sir Richard has worked since 2008 to raise awareness for MRSA and he will be honored on October, 2, 2014.

Keynote speaker is William R. Jarvis MD, president of Jason & Jarvis Associates, LLC – a world renowned MRSA expert and infectious disease specialist, formerly with the CDC. Others presenting are Lance R. Peterson of NorthShore University HealthSystems and Michael Pulia MD from University of Wisconsin/Madison along with survivors sharing their stories.  A panel discussion also will be conducted so the public and media can ask questions to the experts concerning, MRSA, C. difficile and AMR. This annual event is informative to the public and healthcare industry and all are invited to attend.

Sponsors: Roche and media sponsor NBC5 Chicago.

MRSA Survivors Network's calls on all students to enter the "MRSA Youth Champion 2014" contest. Send us your photos and a summary of your event, campaign or fundraising efforts for MRSA by June 1, 2014 and the winner will be selected June 15, 2014.

Bethany Burke of Austin, Texas was the first 'MRSA Youth Champion' in 2013 and is featured in the Good Housekeeping magazine April issue. Read her compelling story and inspiring work for MRSA.

The World Health Organization's (WHO) annual global campaign "SAVE LIVES - Clean Your Hands" supports the prevention of MRSA; many tools are available to support hand hygiene improvement to help save lives. Visit MRSA Survivors Network has worked with the WHO since 2008 in helping to develop their global campaigns.

MRSA Survivors Network  was the first patient advocacy organization in the United States to raise the alarm concerning MRSA and healthcare-acquired infections (HAI's) and works on a global level. Founder Jeanine Thomas is a survivor of MRSA sepsis, complicating C. difficile and became critically ill after ankle surgery. A U.S. Senate resolution (s.r.301) designating World MRSA Day and World MRSA Awareness Month passed in 2009.

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