#ACIPC16 Melbourne

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-20-21-11Congratulations to all associated with the organising of the #ACIPC16 conference.

Once again we were privileged to hear from excellent international and local speakers. Without doubt, the quality of the free papers and posters at this annual conference continues to escalate, and I was impressed by all of those I was able to get to.

This brief blog is by no means a comprehensive round up of the conference, there were many sessions I just couldn’t get to. I believe a good blog is a quick blog, so for now I wanted to mention just a couple I attended, with more to come in future posts.

Congratulations to Oyebola Fasugba (Australian Catholic Univesity) who presented on behalf of Jane Koerner and was the recipient of the Elaine Graham Robertson award this year. Oyebola is an emerging infection prevention researcher and we look forward to her output in years to come. Her presentation on the systematic review undertaken on the effectiveness of antiseptic cleaning before and during catheter insertion for prevention of CAUTI will prove to be a resource for us all moving forward.

Holly Seale (@hollyseale) from the University of New South Wales presented on patient empowerment in preventing HAIs. For me, this is an emerging and welcome issue we need to embrace (including involving consumers in research, which Heather Loveday addressed on the final day of the conference, see below). Holly’s research found that although the majority of patients indicated they wanted to be involved in activities like reminding HCWs to wash their hands, when it came to the crunch, very few actually did. Holly emphasised that the authority of HCWs is very strong and patients remain uncomfortable in these situations. This doesn’t surprise me much, as I, and probably many of you, have lived that very experience. Sometimes I wonder if this is more reflective of the Australian (or inherited British) culture that we live in? I suspect the same study repeated in the USA would yield difference results. Good work Holly et al, important points.

I will finish this blog with Heather Loveday‘s (@loveebhc) talk as mentioned above, involving the public in research. This is not about consumers being subject to research, but involving them in everything from design, method, analysis and dissemination of findings. Some of the key messages to come from Heathers talk is that public involvement in research adds value to the findings of the research, particularly when identifying what is important to them. It is also essential the public be involved in disseminating the findings of the research. Peer reviewed journals usually aren’t the best way to provide information to the public, more relevant forums need to be used to get key message out to the public. Magazines did I hear?

As mentioned, this is not intended to be a comprehensive review or a best of. Just a comment on a few that I was fortunate to get to. More to come…

Again, congratulations to all involved in the conference. We look forward to #ACIPC17 in Canberra next year!

NB: adding to Bretts earlier blog on the debate, it was great to see a large number of delegates in attendance. The last session of any conference always presents a challenge to maintain delegates interest. It was clear from the presenters view that those in attendance were keen to discuss the next initiative, as noted by the many questions. And thanks to Mary Dixon-Woods (@MaryDixonWoods) for her excellent insight and Martin Kiernan (@emrsa) for the twitter summary. For the record, despite the outcome of the voting, we need all three initiatives ASAP!

 

Phil

Declaration – I am a Director of ACIPC and a member of the ACIPC Conference Scientific Committee.

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