•Riverside-based organization advocates for consumer protection •Rapid, affordable diagnostics saves lives, eliminates the overuse of antibiotics
Perris, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/03/2015 -- Nile's Project, a public-health patient-safety awareness and educational organization, today joined over 150 major food companies, retailers, and human and animal health stakeholders at the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship to announce commitments to implement changes over the next five years to slow the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, detect resistant strains, preserve the efficacy of our existing antibiotics, and prevent the spread of resistant infections.
Nile's Project is dedicated to ending the preventable and deadly epidemic of Staph/MRSA, VRE, CRE, C.diff, MERS and other infectious diseases that are acquired in hospitals and other venues worldwide.
Carole Moss, Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder of Nile's Project, was one of several consumer advocates invited by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to participate in today's forum. She is a voting member of the California Hospital Acquired Infections Advisory Committee. California is one of only a few states that currently require hospitals to implement a best practice antibiotic stewardship program.
"Nile's Project strongly supports the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship and the vital need to limit the prescribing of these drugs except in cases where they are absolutely essential," Moss said. "Many infectious diseases begin with flu-like symptoms, however a delay in treatment, even for a day, has the potential to cause severe harm and even death. Nile's Project supports antibiotic stewardship that establishes a mandatory best practice that includes affordable, rapid testing."
Niles's Project was formed eight years ago when Ty Moss, the organizations Chief Executive Officer and Carole Moss unexpectedly lost their 15-year-old son, Nile, to MRSA, one of the hospital "superbugs," which kills an estimated 100,000 individuals of all ages annually in the United States alone.
"Our commitment is to continue providing the public with vital information about infection prevention, including antibiotic stewardship, through our outreach programs, workshops and speaking engagements at local churches and schools as well as performances by our Nile's Project Band featured at our awareness events," Carole Moss said.
The California State Healthcare Facility Infection Prevention Act, also known as Nile's Law (SB1058), enacted in 2008, requires transparency, screening and reporting of infection rates by hospitals on a quarterly basis. It also requires hospitals to screen high-risk patients for MRSA VRE, and C.diff upon admission to California hospitals and again before these patients are discharged,
About Nile's Project
Nile's Project - MRSA is a non-profit (501-C3) coalition of Nile's friends, entertainers, musicians, artists and many dedicated advocates focused on ending unnecessary deaths from hospital acquired and community acquired Infections.