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Conference to focus on infection control

The GCC Centre for Infection Control has teamed up with the Arab Health Congress to host The Patient Safety Exhibition and Congress on Infection Control.

The GCC Centre for Infection Control has teamed up with the Arab Health Congress to host The Patient Safety Exhibition and Congress on Infection Control. The event takes place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on September 2-4.

Infection control is a big area of concern in the healthcare world topic, with millions of people picking up care-related infections every year. In developed countries, about 5-10% of patients admitted to acute care hospitals acquire an infection that was not present or incubating on admission.

In the USA, one in 136 hospital patients becomes seriously ill as a result of acquiring an infection in hospital. This is equivalent to 2,000,000 cases a year and about 80,000 deaths annually. In the UK, 320 000 patients suffer from care-associated infections each year and in Germany the figure is 500,000 people infected every year.

"The growing threat of multiple infections in this region can best be addressed through understanding, preparedness and prevention to ensure maximum control over infections, which patients may acquire during hospitalisation", said Dr. Ziad Memish, director, GCC Centre for Infection Control.

The conference will look at how to build the infrastructure for infection control with particular focus on combating MRSA. Attendees will be updated on the latest Joint Commission International Standards for 2008.

A conference entitled ‘Decontamination and Sterilisation: Quality Management and Standards in CSSD' will be held on September 3-4. It will examine the development of a certified quality management system, investigate how to optimise your CSSD procedures with a computerised system, review certification for CSSD professionals and discuss CSSD accreditation.

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