CHICAGO, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a current and dangerous global public health crisis. "The ongoing MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus) epidemic is fueling antibiotic resistance globally and MRSA infections are rampant in U.S. healthcare facilities," states Jeanine Thomas, founder of MRSA Survivors Network.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are only tracking invasive MRSA infections (which does not include surgical site) and the true number of MRSA infections are vastly being under- reported. Healthcare-acquired MRSA infections are a preventable medical error and have cost untold deaths and needless pain and suffering. Northern European countries have controlled MRSA to low numbers by screening patients for decades, yet the CDC does not recommend routine screening. Why – when over 300 evidence-based studies recommend screening for MRSA? The Veterans Health Administration has been screening their patients for MRSA since 2007 in their 150 facilities and reduced infections by over 80%.
9th Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event & Global C. difficile Summit
The annual awareness event will be held September 30, 2017 at the Community House in Hinsdale, Illinois from 10:30am – 12:30pm with Dr. William R. Jarvis (formerly with the CDC) as Keynote Speaker, Mr. Rob Stafford of NBC5 Chicago emceeing along with leading experts presenting and survivors sharing their personal stories. Lynn and Nancy Utesch of Kewaunee CARES will share their knowledge about LA-MRSA (livestock-acquired MRSA) and environmental contamination. The event is uplifting and informative with a Q & A session for the audience. Bring the entire family - admission and parking are free. World MRSA Day is October 2 and World MRSA Awareness Month is October.
Sponsors: NBC5 Chicago, Roche, Melinta, Xenex, Telligen
Mr. Brandon Noble – ex-NFL player joins MRSA Survivors Network as Spokesperson
Mr. Brandon Noble, a former NFL defensive tackle who played for the Washington Redskin and the Dallas Cowboys joins MRSA Survivors Network as their spokesperson to raise awareness and educate the public about MRSA. Brandon acquired MRSA after knee surgery in 2005 with recurring infections and complications, which ended his football career. He is producing a PSA to help raise awareness.
MRSA Survivors Network was the first patient advocacy organization in the U.S. to raise the alarm concerning MRSA and healthcare-acquired infections. MRSA Survivors Network celebrates their 15th Year Anniversary of helping MRSA patients, families and saving lives.
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, [email protected], Twitter.com/MRSAsurvivors and at Facebook.com/MRSASurvivorsNetwork.
SOURCE MRSA Survivors Network