In November this year, the ACC, Liverpool will open its doors once again for the Healthcare Infection Society International conference and a gathering of international of healthcare professionals working within infection.
The event starts on Monday 26 November and a packed four-stream schedule features renowned speakers who will discuss the latest in infection control research and practice, new diagnostics, emerging infectious diseases and new therapeutics.
Professor Peter Wilson, HIS 2018 Chairman, comments "If you are a healthcare professional with an interest in any aspect of healthcare associated infection then you will benefit from attending this event. Some of the world’s leading experts will be in attendance to impart their knowledge and share what they’re doing to tackle current issues relating to infection prevention and control."
“Commencing proceedings will be Professor Susan Huang from the University of California, Irvine, who is delivering the eponymous Lowbury Lecture on “Decolonisation to reduce multi drug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in healthcare: who, what, where, when, and why?”. Within this session Professor Huang will discuss strategies and implementation.”
In addition to the popular eponymous lectures, there will be four parallel streams which feature a wide variety of topics. Professor Nick Graves will present results from a multi-centre real world study of hospital cleaning. Professor David Livermore will present an horizon scanning session on antimicrobial resistance and give his view on future prospects. Further topic highlights include; Hospital and patient microbiome; Next generation sequencing in microbiology; Surveillance: lessons from Scandinavia; Hospital acquired pneumonia, and How to select a room disinfection system for your hospital.
The varied programme also includes four debates, in which expert speakers will argue the case for, or against, a divisive topic, including:
· Do we need evidence-based guidelines? Professors Gary French and Michael Borg debate the need for more evidence and whether the investment in the studies would be worthwhile
· Do we need help from automated equipment to decontaminate the environment? Dr Curtis Donskey and Dr Stephanie Dancer
· Surgical site infection surveillance – are current systems delivering an accurate picture? Dr Peter Jenks and Pauline Harrington
· Clostridium difficile infections – was the rise and fall only all about antibiotics? Professor Mark Wilcox and Dr Jon Otter
The Programme has been awarded 18 CPD Credits by the Royal College of Pathologists. An application for accreditation from the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education is pending.
Peter Wilson continues “With a large exhibition showcasing the latest available technologies, plenty of networking opportunities, and an open call for oral and posters abstracts, this conference provides a unique forum for healthcare professionals working on the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections to unite. If you’re not a member of HIS then this is the ideal time to join as the membership fee plus the member conference rate is more cost effective than attending as a non-member.”
Abstract submissions are welcome until 6 July and entries are encouraged on a huge range of topics to include: antimicrobial stewardship, clinical cases, surveillance and epidemiology, antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance, clinical microbiology, and much more.
By facilitating the sharing of research, HIS 2018 will allow delegates to learn about the latest developments within this rapidly expanding and changing field. HIS understands it is increasingly more difficult to find funding to attend conferences and makes a number special bursaries available. The closing date for bursary applications is 17 August. We would strongly encourage all of those who are eligible to apply.
HIS hopes that you will be able to join them in Liverpool later this year for what promises to be the infection prevention event of 2018. Full details of the conference, to include the full programme, delegate registration, bursary information, and abstract submission, are available at: www.his.org.uk/conference.