CHICAGO, July 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The ongoing global MRSA epidemic, which is causing human suffering and loss of life continues to escalate. The majority of healthcare facilities in the United States are ignoring their lapses in infection control. Handy hygiene compliance with healthcare workers continues to be low, many hospitals are still not screening enough patients for MRSA, decontaminating of the healthcare facility is minimal and antibiotics are still overprescribed. A culture of complacency prevails in the U.S. healthcare community and Infections are the leading medical error in U.S. healthcare facilities and underreported - MRSA has spread from healthcare facilities to the community.
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 ill-advised universal decolonization approach (every patient given mupiricin and bathed with chlorhexidine) will create more antimicrobial resistance, change a patient's microbiome and not recommended by leading infectious disease experts globally. The Veterans Health Administration have been screening their patients for MRSA since 2007 in all of their 150 facilities and reduced MRSA infections by over 80%. https://apic.org/For-Media/News-Releases/Article?id=30892397-0c91-4dec-a4ca-8ea55c77846e
10th Anniversary of World MRSA Day Kickoff Event & C. difficile Summit - Free MRSA Screening at the Event
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 speak 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 organization in the U.S. to raise the alarm concerning MRSA and healthcare-acquired infections. MRSA Survivors Network celebrates their 16th Year Anniversary of helping MRSA patients, families and saving lives.