Think Globally, Act Locally: International Conference on Infections That Have No Boundaries Sept. 8-9 in San Francisco
WHAT: A gathering of the world’s experts in infection control for the conference, Think Globally, Act Locally: An International Conference on Infections that Have No Boundaries, to determine methods to curtail the spread of infectious disease and promote the cooperation across international borders that is critical to stop the spread of infection.
The conference is sponsored by Joint Commission Resources (JCR), its international division, Joint Commission International (JCI), along with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC).
WHY: Infections today can circle the globe in 24 hours, meaning that the actions of health care providers and the public can have worldwide consequences.
Participants at the conference will discuss the essential actions that must be taken globally, locally and organizationally to help identify, prevent, and control the spread of infectious disease
WHEN: Thursday and Friday, Sept. 8-9
WHERE: Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., San Francisco, Calif.
WHO: Among myriad U.S. and international experts, conference speakers and their respective agenda topics include:
-- Gerald Dziekan, M.D. - Healthcare Associated Infections, Prevention and Control, World Health Organization, Western Pacific Regional Office, Manilla, Philippines. Topic: “Putting Policy into Action to Control Spread of Diseases”
-- Dennis S. O’Leary, M.D. - president, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Topic: “Leadership’s Role in Promoting Global Collaboration in Infection Control”
-- Didier Pittet, M.D. - World Health Organization, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. Topics: “World Health Organization, World Alliance for Patient Safety -- Patient Safety as an Incentive for Infection Control Programs” and “Hand Hygiene: Global and Local Actions to Improve Compliance, Engage Patients, and Measure Compliance”
-- Dean Schillinger, M.D. - associate professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital. Topic: “Health Literacy and the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases”
-- Wing Hong Seto, M.D. - president of the Asia-Pacific Society of Infection Control, Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong. Topics “Infections that Know No Boundaries: Avian Influenza...the Next Great Pandemic?” and “Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics and the Emergence of Antimicrobial-Resistant Infections: A Public Health Crisis”
-- Anibal Sosa, M.D. - director, International Program and Clinical Advisor, Alliance for Prudent Antibiotic Use (APAU). Topic: “Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics and the Emergence of Antimicrobial-Resistant Infections: A Public Health Crisis”
-- Barbara Soule, R.N. - Consultant, Joint Commission Resources. Topic: “Joint Commission International Standards for Infection Control” (Special pre-conference, in-depth session.)
-- Tim Uyeki, M.D. - medical epidemiologist in the Influenza Branch of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . Topic: “Infections that Know No Boundaries: Avian Influenza...the Next Great Pandemic?”
APIC is a multi-disciplinary voluntary international health organization with more than 10,000 members whose primary responsibility is infection prevention and control and epidemiology. APIC’s mission is to improve health and promote patient and employee safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes. APIC advances this goal through education, research, collaboration, practice guidance, and credentialing.
Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1997 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a private, not-for-profit affiliate of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Through international accreditation, consultation, publications and education programs, JCI extends the Joint Commission’s mission worldwide by helping to improve the quality of patient care by assisting international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others evaluate, improve and demonstrate the quality of patient care and enhance patient safety in more than 60 countries.
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