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Hospital superbugs kill at least 5,000 people each year in the UK alone and cost the NHS £1 billion.
Will you help us to fight hospital infections and save lives?
Almost 37,000 people have died in the UK in the last decade from hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) caused by hospital superbugs such as C.difficile and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Around eight per cent of UK hospital patients suffer from HAIs, with more than 1.4 million people worldwide affected by them. Superbugs rapidly evolve, acquire resistance to antibiotics and are spreading into the community. The challenge is to develop new methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating these infections.
The Centre for Healthcare Associated Infections (CHAI) - launched in 2007 - has an international reputation for its unique holistic approach. It draws on the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of academic researchers, consultant microbiologists and the Infection Control team of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Our innovative research leads to better diagnosis, treatments and infection-control measures.
Our work will reduce infections in schools, hospitals and the community and cut the number of deaths and serious infections caused by superbugs in the UK and globally. This will save the NHS and other health service providers a considerable amount of money.
What will your Impact be?
Your support for Hospital Superbugs will reduce the devastating effects of infections in hospitals and communities across the world.
"MRSA doesn’t just affect the person who contracts it – its path leaves whole families destroyed" Bev Hurst, daughter of MRSA victim
The infection changed my life forever and it took a lot of support from those I love to regain any sense of normality. That’s why I am proud to be patron of CHAI here at The University of Nottingham.
Leslie Ash, Patron of CHAI, Actor