Teen & Youth MRSA Survivors Facebook Page– by Bethany Burke, MRSA Youth Champion
Jeanine Thomas, founder and president of MRSA Survivors Network and the first patient advocate in the U.S. to raise the alarm about MRSA was honored on Nov.12, 2015 in Boston with the MITSS ‘HOPE’ Award, which was sponsored by RL Solutions. The prestigious award was presented to her at MITSS’ annual event with several hundred of the Boston Medical Community in attendance. Ms. Thomas’ work includes: giving support to MRSA patients and their families, raising awareness and educating the public and healthcare community.
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FACT: More Americans die every year from invasive MRSA infections than from HIV/AIDS or H1N1 flu.
MRSA Day 2016
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What is MRSA?
MRSA (pronounced meer-sa) is an acronym for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus – also known as the “Superbug” and can cause deadly infections in patients in healthcare facilities and in the community.
MRSA Survivors Network was founded in early 2003. MSN was the first consumer organization in the U.S. to raise the alarm concerning the MRSA epidemic and other multi-drug resistant healthcare-acquired infections. MSN has been the key catalyst for change on an international and national front with its groundbreaking crusade and mission to stop MRSA deaths and infections. MSN partners with healthcare professionals, healthcare companies and consumer organizations.
WORLD MRSA DAY SOUNDS THE ALARM – THE MRSA EPIDEMIC
We have a significant lack of transparency in the United States and worldwide concerning MRSA. “MRSA must immediately become a top political priority globally”, states Jeanine Thomas, founder of MRSA Survivors Network and World MRSA Day.
In the United States, MRSA infection and death rates are vastly under reported and community-acquired MRSA infection rates are not even being reported. ‘The MRSA Epidemic – A Call to Action’ is this year’s global theme.
The recent Reuters’ Investigative report (Part 1) reveals under reporting or lack of reporting of MRSA and healthcare-acquired infections (HAI’s) and death rates in the United States:
Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus (MRSA), is an antibiotic resistant form of Staphylococcus aureus and is rampant and an ongoing epidemic in U.S. healthcare facilities, in the community, in livestock and in the environment. C. difficile is also at epidemic levels in U.S. hospitals due to the overuse of antibiotics. Every healthcare facility should be implementing active detection and isolation (ADI) for MRSA along with decontaminating the environment, strict adherence to hand hygiene and prudent use of antibiotics.
World MRSA Day, October 2 and World MRSA Awareness Month, October are annual campaigns to raise awareness to the global ongoing MRSA epidemic and an U.S. Senate resolution was passed in 2009 designating these awareness dates.
World MRSA Day Kickoff Event – September 24, 2016 – Chicago
The 8th Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event & Global C. difficile Summit will be held, Saturday September 24, 2016 from 10:30am – 12:30pm at the Community House in Hinsdale, Illinois. Free parking and admission – bring the entire family and learn how you can help to prevent an infection. Infection Preventionists, Nurses, Physicians, Medics and other healthcare workers are urged to attend and learn from leading experts. We are all in this together and everyone is at risk.
Master of Ceremony is Mr. Rob Stafford, evening news anchor of NBC5 Chicago.
Keynote Speaker is world-renowned infection disease specialist Lance R. Peterson M.D., Director of Microbiology, Infectious Disease Research and Epidemiology at NorthShore University HealthSystems.
Mr. Lynn Utesch of Kewaunee CARES will speak about livestock-acquired MRSA (LA-MRSA) and the impact that the overuse of antibiotics has on our environment and food supply. Survivors will share their compelling personal stories.
Town Hall Meeting Discussion
Following the presentations, the audience will be able to ask the experts questions along with the media concerning; MRSA, C. difficile and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The focus will be on prevention and how these pathogens are transmitted.
Downloadable posters, brochures and banners are available at http://www.worldMRSAday.org and a public service announcement with Mr. Rob Stafford of NBC5 Chicago and produced by True Productions will air on NBC Chicago stations and can also be viewed on MRSA Survivors Network YouTube Channel and websites. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd95zZSmM4Q.
Awareness events are being held throughout the month of October in the United States and in the UK with MRSA Action UK. Global Hand Washing Day is October 15th.
MRSA Survivors Network was the first patient and consumer advocacy organization in the United States to raise the alarm in 2002 concerning MRSA and healthcare-acquired infections. Founder Jeanine Thomas became critically ill and nearly died from MRSA sepsis and C. difficile after ankle surgery.
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Save the Date! The 8th Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff & Global C. difficile Summit will be held Sept. 24, 2016 at the Community House in Hinsdale, Il. World renowned experts speaking along with MRSA and C.diff survivors in the town hall meeting style with Q & A time from the audience. Learn how you can help prevent getting an infection – everyone is at risk. An uplifting event that is open to the public with free admission and parking. Bring the entire family. Contact us on how you can get involved or become a sponsor at info@MRSAsurvivors.org