This workshop aims to provide training to healthcare workers on infection prevention and control (IPC) practices in relation to reducing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) transmission within the hospital environment. It is aimed at healthcare workers in low and middle income countries.

It will cover the basics of IPC and AMR, including common resistant pathogens, the practical applications within the hospital environment, waste management and disinfection, and an introduction to surveillance and stewardship. 

Each of these sections will be reinforced with discussion sessions, which will include comparing IPC policies between countries, root cause analysis, the barriers to implementation evaluation and infection control case studies.

Join the discussion group to start connecting and sharing with other delegates. 

Certificates of Attendance will be available. To be eligible for one you must register in Zoom (even if you are joining from a classroom); You must attend for at least 80% of the workshop; You must complete the workshop evaluation. 

Your Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to you within one month of the workshop once we have confirmed that you have met the above requirements.

Please refer to The Global Health Network's certificates policy for more information.

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Workshop Sessions 

DAY 1 - Wednesday 18 November - Outline 

Time

Introduction

 

09:00-09:15

Introduction to IPC and AMR

  • Concepts of IPC (diagnosing pathogens e.g. laboratory practices, culturing etc.)
  • Basic principles of AMR
  • How infection and AMR can be spread (the chain of infection) 
  • ‘Small changes, big difference’ (e.g. by implementing little things, you can save yourself, the patients and the hospital time, energy and money)
  • Outbreaks of multidrug resistance organisms 
  • Common multidrug resistance pathogens and how to detect them (VRE, MRSA, etc.)

09:15-11:00

 

Coffee Break 

11:00-11:15

IPC measures (on the ward) 

  • The importance of correct handwashing procedures
  • The personal protective equipment role 
  • Maintaining cleanliness of equipment (e.g. catheters etc.)
  • Isolation of patients/contact tracing etc.
  • Screening 
  • Barriers to IPC implementation

11:15-12:45

Wrap up session

  12:45-13:00

Workshop Sessions 

DAY 2 - Thursday 19 November - Outline

Time

The decontamination process and waste management (hospital hygiene)

  • Blood and bodily fluids spill management 
  • Environmental cleaning
  • Handling patients/moving between patients
  • Correct sharps management
  • Specimen associated risks 
  • Linen management
  • Waste disposal pathways (e.g. incineration, autoclaving)

09:00-10:15

 

Coffee break

10:15-10:30

Surveillance – monitoring organisms 

  • Laboratory surveillance
  • Collecting data on organism types, key resistance profiles, patient data (wards etc.)
  • Screening (in terms of an outbreak) 

10:30-11:30

Stewardship – monitoring usage 

 

  • Current problems with AMR (e.g. antibiotic mismanagement, overuse etc.)
  • Surveillance of antimicrobial usage
  • Following of prescribing guidelines (collaboration with microbiologists)
  • Compliance of IPC measures

11:30-12:30

Wrap up session

  12:30-13:00