EWMA Conference 2019

Infection Prevention & Control Stream: New strategies to improve infection prevention & control programmes

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Learning Objectives:

Health care-associated infections (HAI) are one of the most common adverse events in care delivery and a major public health problem with an impact on morbidity, mortality and quality of life. These infections also present a significant economic burden at the societal level. However, a large percentage is preventable through effective infection prevention and control (IPC) measures.

The first session reviews the World Health Organization (WHO) SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands promotional campaign that aims to bring people together in support of hand hygiene improvement globally. Participants will be introduced to this year’s campaign focus on prevention of sepsis in health care and how front-line healthcare workers and other key stakeholders can engage in such preventative measures to promote patient safety. Other strategies such as the use of social media will be discussed which has revealed to be effective to promote hand hygiene behaviour change.

The second session will look at a Train-the-trainer (TTT) expert driven educational approach for hand hygiene as a potentially valuable tool in health care and how this may be implemented to train clinicians in health care facilities. The session will also explore the TTT training methodology, using a diversity of audio-visual video reviewing and simulation-based bedside teaching with real clinical case based scenarios. The TTT session will serve as a reference education and training preferred model for health workers of diverse specialties to adapt and integrate the structure in their local education and teaching programs to develop competencies so as to achieve standardization of practices. Ultimately participants will be motivated to champion the TTT use actively within their health care facilities.

Chair:
Claire Kilpatrick
Infection Prevention and Control Global Unit, Department of Service Delivery and Safety, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Ermira Tartari
Infection Control Programme & WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety,
The University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine


Speakers:
The Role of Nursing in a Globalised Society
Alessandro Stievano
International Council of Nurses (ICN)
Michigan State University, USA

It's in your hands - using campaigning to improve hand hygiene and prevent infection

Claire Kilpatrick
Infection Prevention and Control Global Unit, Department of Service Delivery and Safety, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

The success behind a “Train-The-Trainer program for Hand Hygiene”

Ermira Tartari
Infection Control Programme & WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety,
The University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine