Lyon, France 16 – 18 Nov 2014
The 9th Healthcare Infection Society International Conference 2014 in association with the French Society for Hospital Hygiene (SF2H)
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Department of Health 'Implementation of modified admission MRSA screening
guidance for NHS (2014)' is available here [added 3 September 2014, Guidelines and Reports page]
epic3: National Evidence-Based Guidelines for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections in NHS Hospitals in England (open acces) is available here [added 12th December 2013, Journal of Hospital Infection Site]
Late Breaker Session on Ebola
In response to the escalating Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa HIS has put together a highly informative late breaker session at its forthcoming international conference in Lyon. The session at HIS 2014 will be held on 18 November and promises to provide a valuable insight into the many and varied challenges faced in managing and controlling the Ebola outbreak.
Key speakers areProfessor Dilys Morgan MBE, Head of the Department of Gastrointestinal, Emerging and Zoonotic Infections at Public Health England (PHE), who will talk about her experiences in Sierra Leone; Paul Dickens, National Senior Officer – Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response at NHS England, who will discuss establishing surge isolation capacity in the UK; and Group Captain Andy Green, Director of Infection Prevention and Control and Defence Consultant Adviser in Communicable Diseases from the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine who will talk about setting up a treatment centre in Sierra Leone.
Professor Morgan said
“The increase in cases and expansion into new areas are cause for concern, as this indicates that the outbreak is not yet under control. PHE has been monitoring the outbreak since it was first announced in March, and will continue to assess the situation as well as provide support as required.
This late breaker session will provide an opportunity to discuss common approaches and actions to support countries unaffected by Ebola in strengthening their emergency preparedness in the event of an outbreak.”
Update of JHI AppThe JHI App has been upgrated and now can be used on the iPhone and iPod as well as the iPad. New features inclue:
Latest ConsultationStakeholders are invited for their feedback to a consultation on Prevention and control of multiresistant Gram-negative bacteria – recommendations from a Joint Working Party. More details under Consultations.
Journal Round Up
We are pleased to introduce the new 'Journal Roundup', a monthly section providing an overview of key updates in the infection prevention and control literature. For the latest round up please click here.
The Society is pleased to announce that it has decided to offer free membership to medical microbiology trainees, with immediate effect, for the duration of their training programme. HIS has made this decision because infection prevention and control has never been more important than it is now and will be in the future. Benefits of HIS include on-line access to the Journal of Hospital Infection, discounted fees for many HIS courses and conferences,
NICE Infection prevention and control quality standard (QS61) has been published on the NICE website. View the quality standard.
Latest Ebola Alert from the Department of Health at https://www.cas.dh.gov.uk/ViewandAcknowledgment/ViewAlert.aspx?AlertID=102209
Registration has now opened for the Federation of Infection Societies Conference 2014. Visit http://www.fis-infection.org.uk/ to register or for further information.
Registration for the 2014 Educational Workshop series jointly hosted by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) and British Infection Association (BIA). More information and the registration form can be found on the Education page.
Global Outbreak Alert: Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone and Guinea
The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network have issued an important update on the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Guinea.
"Characterising the burden of enterovirus and parechovirus meningitis in infants less than 90 days old in the UK and Republic of Ireland"
St George's University of London, in collaboration with Public Health England, are about to start a British Paediatric Surveillance Unit to look at the above. They will be collecting clinical data paediatricians across the UK and Republic of Ireland over 13 months from 1 July 2014. As part of the study protocol, microbiology consultants and virology consultants are invited to send specimens where enterovirus and parechovirus have been isolated in infants of less than 90 days to the Virology Reference Department (VRD) at Colindale Public Health England for further molecular typing. This service is free of charge. They would then be able to link the disease burden with enterovirus type. Microbiology and virology consultants should already be sending samples for molecular typing as part of ongoing efforts to maintain active Polio surveillance. However, only a small fraction of samples get send to the VRD. This study would therefore not add any time to the microbiologist and virologists workload and is free of charge. Further information, including contact details, can be found here.
The British Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Society is holding a UK Roundtable Series on ''Meeting the challenge of antimicrobial resistance: Working together across political, professional and public fronts'' Topics being discussed are:
Early bird summer offer! Book to attend any workshop before 31 August and receive a 10% discount or book to attend all 3 workshops by 31 August to receive a 20% discount. - See more at: http://bsac.org.uk/antimicrobial-resistance-roundtable-series/#sthash.4YBF4Oju.dpuf
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