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Conference 2021 Theme

Infection prevention and control during and beyond pandemic.

Subthemes:

Subtheme 1: IPC standard and additional precautions

  • Hand hygiene
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Waste management
  • Environmental infection control in health care setting
  • Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization
  • Infrastructure and IPC Hierarchy of control SIPC assessments

Sub theme 2: IPC Capacity building

  1. Setting up an IPC program
    • IPC committees
    • Trainings in IPC
    • IPC resource mobilization and budget
    • Collaboration and partnership
  2. CQI for IPC
    • Data demand and information use: Facility assessments, QI data
    • IPC QI projects
  3. Emergency preparedness
    • Public health emergency operational centres

Sub theme 3: Anti-microbial resistance

  1. Setting up an AMS program
  2. Antimicrobial resistance: What’s old, new and why do we care?
  3. Rational antibiotic use
  4. Antimicrobial best practices
  5. Antifungal drug resistance
  6. Antiviral drug resistance; methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Carbapenem- resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase’s (ESBLs) resistance, vancomycin- Resistance enterococcus (VRE) .

Sub theme 4: Surveillance

  • Disease Surveillance
  • contact tracing
  • HAI surveillance: Definitions, guidelines, and practice
  • Device related complications
    • Ventilators
    • Urinary catheters
    • Peripheral catheters
    • Cannulation and infusions
    • Surgical site infection
  • Outbreak management
  • Care bundles

Sub theme 5: Vaccines

  • Vaccine uptake
  • Covid vaccine
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Flu vaccine
  • TB Vaccines
  • Vaccine safety and adverse events
  • Vaccine hesitancy

Sub theme 6: IPC Procedures in special settings

  1. Ports of entry
  2. ICU
  3. Renal Unit
  4. Newburn Unit
  5. Dental
  6. Burn unit
  7. Isolation unit
  8. Quarantine centres
  9. Schools and other institution of learning
  10. Prisons

vii. Sub theme 7: Community

  1. Community engagement
    • Risk communication
  2. Wash programs
  3. Community mitigation measures
    • Transport sector
    • Religious settings
    • Community ceremonies
    • Hotels and bars

Sub theme 8: Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity

  1. Basic microbiology and infection chain
  2. Phlebotomy

Sub theme 9: Occupational health and safety

  • HCW safety
  • Health care worker vaccination
  • Needle stick injuries
  • Other occupational diseases
    • Tuberculosis
    • Hepatitis

Sub theme 10: Application of ICT platforms in IPC

  • Health care workers support apps
  • Surveillance apps
  • National databases and line lists

Sub theme 11: Patient safety

  1. Prescription
  2. Administration of drugs
  3. Medical errors
  4. Equipment failures
  5. Blood transfusions
  6. Diagnostic errors
  7. Injection safety

Sub theme 12: COVID-19 Infection

  1. Role of HCWs in Covid mitigation
  2. Risk factors for Covid in health care workers
  3. Characteristics of HCWs infected with Covid
  4. Impact of Covid on HCW wellness

Sub theme 13: Other IPC topics not covered

  1. Global health security
  2. Emerging and re-emerging pathogens

Sub theme 14: Health care waste management

  1. Plenary sessions
  • continuum of IPC issues around emergency response to pandemics of novel pathogens.... from preparedness to public health response and pandemic control.

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