Conference Programme

*This Programme is Subject to Change*

Join us to discover how the National IPC Safety Support Programme and St. Andrew’s Healthcare utilised a Continuous Quality Improvement approach to improve IPC practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can learn how the Charity rapidly embedded QI tools, techniques and principles via cohorts of virtual training, which empowered attendees to run improvement projects of IPC change. This discussion will focus in on the programme of training from conception, training approach, through to project outcomes of an ‘outbreak data pack’ created by IPC Practitioner colleagues who attended the training.

Speakers:
Professor Susan Fairlie
Michaela Roberts - Head of Continuous Improvement & Transformation, St Andrew’s Healthcare
Charlotte Crow - IPC Practitioner, St Andrew’s Healthcare

Combined Joined Up Safety Solutions from Arco and Arco professional Safety Services.
Preventing infection through face fit testing.

Speakers:
Kevin Williams - Respiratory Team Manager - Arco Professional Safety Services.

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Everyone around the world is currently working hard to help keep people and workplaces safe by introducing new ways to disinfect. Building on over 40 years of experience, learn how Philips UV-C solutions inactivate bacteria and viruses. The solutions are fast, versatile, safe and effective, with all bacteria and viruses tested to-date being successfully inactivated by UV-C lighting - including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Join us to understand the opportunity and benefits of implementing UV-C from a healthcare perspective and how this will bring an additional layer of protection for staff, patients, and visitors across your healthcare facilities.

Clark Morrow - End User Marketeer UK&I - Signify.

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The Symmetry Hand Hygiene Program improves compliance at all levels throughout the organization via a comprehensive approach built to address the most critical issues impacting hand hygiene compliance.
During this workshop we will focus on the importance of providing hand hygiene products formulated in a manner that creates gentler solutions, hence a preferred user experience. Eliminating aggressive products that dry out, crack, irritate, or result in contact dermatitis is fundamental to any program so that the products themselves aren’t becoming deterrents to hand hygiene compliance. Acceptance = Compliance = Lower HCAIs.
Additional topics to be discussed include our Behavior Modification Program, which utilizes behavioral science to drive hand hygiene compliance, & our innovative Point of Care (POC) tools. In order to achieve compliance at all WHO 5 Moments, solutions beyond wall mounted dispensers to fill these compliance gaps are necessary. POC tools allow for access to product within the workflow, centered on direct patient care, which puts clinicians in the best possible position to be compliant.
Hand hygiene compliance is fundamental to delivering quality patient care & to creating the safest environment for patients & staff. With the Symmetry Hand Hygiene Program, you’ll be able to incorporate best practices with easy to implement innovative solutions developed to address your challenges & achieve these goals.

Speaker:
Scott Rapplean - Director of Healthcare - Symmetry Hand Hygiene

Discover how the IPC team at Dorset County Hospital utilised ICNET to support best practice for the management and control of COVID-19 cases and how its automated workflow meant that the team did not lose focus on other priority pathogens. Learn how identification of patients with SARS-CoV-2 was optimised allowing for timely isolation, reducing likelihood of hospital-acquired COVID-19; how the use of mobile devices supported remote working and collaboration enabling colleagues to carry on with their activities; and how reporting capabilities empowered timely analysis of data, ensuring senior leaders had accurate, up-to-date information enabling them to make informed decisions quickly.

Speaker:
Emma Hoyle - Associate Director Infection Prevention & Control - Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Christine Koulla-Burke, Director - Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.
(INVITED)

Julia Taylor has been invited.

During the COVID-19 pandemic Dr Lloyd-Jones has worked with multiple research teams to collaboratively build understanding of the development of the lung disease. This has led to proposing a hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 escapes the mouth and is delivered to the lungs via the bloodstream, not only via the airways. This model of disease builds awareness of the importance of oral health status in the development of the lung disease and highlights the potential importance of oral healthcare measures for those with COVID-19.
Dr Lloyd-Jones will discuss the oral health quality improvement programme he is leading at Salisbury Hospital – SMILE Oral Care Pathway. He will also present research work he is leading which aims to corroborate the anatomical route of infection and to establish the effect of oral healthcare measures in the context of COVID-19.
Join this session for an anatomical journey from the gums to the lungs and hear what COVID-19 might be teaching us about the development of many acquired systemic idiopathic diseases.
Dr Lloyd-Jones will end with a call for new public health messages to highlight the importance of looking after our mouths.

Speaker:

Rod Parker Ph.D. - Senior Consultant - Stryker.

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Traditional methods of managing patient-bed-hygiene present huge time, logistical, employee-safety, infection-control and compliance challenges, for hospitals (manual-handling procedures in the bed-washing-process; dealing with potential contamination; patient-bed drying-time; overall co-ordination of bed-reprocessing, etc). This workshop will help signpost the pathway to OSKA’s 100/100 vision – 100% clean, 100% of the time - for hospital facilities teams, moving towards an automation-supported ‘total-bed-management’ approach, whilst promoting a gold standard for IPC, reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

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Focusing on Operating Theatres (Laminar airflow in combination with continuous particle monitoring) as well as people-occupied applications (Vindur LayVent).

Speaker:
Rupert Mack - Director Strategic Business Area Mediclean - Weiss Technik

'Invasive Gram-negative infections contribute to a significant burden of morbidity and mortality across all healthcare settings. Antimicrobial resistant mechanisms (e.g. ESBL, AMPc and CRE) are becoming increasing prevalent and treating with antibacterials with appropriate breadth of activity is becoming increasingly challenging. Definitive treatment options must also be balanced against the competing needs of antimicrobial stewardship program where we look to minimise unnecessary antibacterial exposure through use of 'narrow spectrum' antibacterials for the shortest effective duration.
The emerging evidence base supports the use of shorter antibacterial course lengths in select patients to minimise the selective pressure of antimicrobial resistant pathogens and C. difficile. A one-size-fits-all approach is unlikely to be successful (under-treating of complex infections suspected) thus we must move towards personalised treatment durations for invasive Gram-negative infection depending on patient, pathogen and treatment response related factors. Here we discuss options for implementing shorter courses and early intravenous(IV) to oral switches in patients with invasive Gram-negative infections'

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Our 2020 Infection Prevention and Control Conference was a great success. Take a look at highlights below.