#ACIPC16 Melbourne (part II)

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-20-47-20In case you weren’t aware, many of the slides presented at #ACIPC16 are now available for viewing on the conference website

A/Prof Deb Friedman (@friedmanndeb) from Barwon Health had the unenviable task of presenting the Top Infection Control papers of 2016. Always a tough ask depending on your interests…however Deb covered pretty much everything including:

  • —Hand hygiene
  • IC activities
  • Contact Precautions/ Infection transmission/ CPE screening
  • Decontamination/ M. chimaera
  • —HCW vaccination
  • —Acinetobacter, RSV spread by air
  • —Norovirus spread
  • —Antimicrobial stewardship
  • —Chlorhexidine bathing/ FMT for MDROs
  • —Ebola virus/ PPE doffing
  • —Zika virus inactivation

It was all presented within time and with a story line! Clearly I cant mention them all, so here’s a couple. Pelat et al (1) demonstrated through the use of modelling that improving HH compliance from 55% before patient contact and 60% after patient contact to 80% before and after patient contact, would reduce the proportion of patients who acquire ESBLs within 90 days by 91%, they also found that antibiotic restriction had the lowest impact. Testament to the quality of local research, another top pair quoted was Mitchell et al (2) that identified from a survey of 40 infection prevention units: 36% of IP time was spent doing surveillance: 56% collecting data, 27% collecting data on compliance with IC activities, 17% feedback of HAI data. Casanova et al (3) demonstrated contamination post doffing recommending effective hand  hygiene afterwards.

Professor Gill Harvey from the University of Adelaide presented a keynote talk on Moving from Evidence to Practice, highlighting that good research is not enough to guarantee its uptake in practice. To improve the chance of interventions being implemented we need to get better at understanding what is being implemented, who is involved in the intervention, the culture and characteristics of the environment it is to be implemeted, and how the intervention effects everybody.

Finally, I really enjoyed the session on Communication. Presentations from Dr Becky Freeman (@DrBFreeman) from The University of Sydney, on Social Media and Public Health  who added to Maslow Hierarchy of Needs with “WiFi” holding up the pyramid! Becky posed the question, how many screens do we have in the house? (in a household of 5 adults I just counted 12 and thats not including TV’s). Mr Paul McNamara (@meta4RN) from Cairns presented on all the delights of using Twitter for professional purposes, Ms Claire Hewitt (@ClaireyHewitt) from St.Vincents Private Melbourne presented on the benefits of blogging, with a reminder that blogging allows you to control your own message, and demonstrated the excellent blog at St.Vincents, even the CEO blogs! This excellent session finished with Mr Anthony Carr from NPS presenting Communication in Practice  demonstrating the many ways NPS uses media to communicate.

Thanks to all those mentioned above, enjoyed your work.


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

  1. Pelat C et al Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2016;37(3):272-80.
  2. Mitchell et al, Infection,Disease and Health 2016;21(1):36-40
  3. Casanova LM, Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Oct;37(10):1156-61



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