Episode Five: In the locker room and in the hospital — MRSA
Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is found in the community and in healthcare systems. According to the WHO, hospitalized patients with MRSA infections are 64% more likely to die than people with drug-sensitive infections. MRSA infection rates vary around the world; however, we all have a chance to learn about ways to decrease our risk from this ubiquitous pathogen. In this episode, hear from a patient who battled an infection for years, an infectious disease clinician who shares his daily challenges, and a researcher who using a unique approach to find the next antibiotic.
Episode Six: When antibiotics cause harm — C. difficile
Clostridioides difficile (also known as C. diff or CDI) can cause deadly diarrhea. It is the most common healthcare-associated infection in the United States and rates of infections are rising globally. In this episode, we hear how a young Mom was impacted by the disease, how leading healthcare organizations are driving best practice guidelines, and how the US CDC is tracking this superbug.
Episode Seven: Silent superheroes — antibiotics in the fight against cancer
One in five patients receiving chemotherapy will have a bacterial infection. A recent survey of oncologists showed that 95% of them worry about the impact of superbugs on the future of cancer treatments. In this episode, you will hear directly from a patient who had a resistant infection while fighting cancer, from front-line clinicians, and a researcher driving policy at a national level.
Episode Eight: The Clap claps back — resistant gonorrhea
Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the world, and it has become a superbug. It has developed resistance to every antibiotic currently approved for treatment, and multidrug-resistant strains have been identified globally. Hear from clinicians advocating for their patients, a global leader, and a leading expert in drug development on actions needed to combat resistant gonorrhea.