Control of multidrug-resistant micro-organisms in health care settings
The main objective of the course was to strengthen capacity in EU Member States for control of healthcare-associated infections due to multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in acute health care settings and to promote the broadest possible implementation of appropriate methods.
A second objective was to achieve team building between colleagues with similar responsibilities in control of nosocomial spread of MDROs and to share training approaches, knowledge and best practices among participants and expert leaders in the field. Course description.
The programme was delivered in blended format, with pre-course reading and three day residential training course. The complete face to face course had 7 sessions. The pre-programme reading and teaching materials were made available to the participants. This pre-programme learning utilised the expertise of the participants and enhance their experiences within the taught component of the sessions.
The topics covered by the course included:
- Introduction to the programme and consolidation of pre-programme materials (introduction to MDRO education programme, consolidation and review of microbiological and epidemiological perspectives)
- Laboratory Investigations (identification and susceptibility testing, good laboratory practice)
- Antibiotic stewardship (antibiotic policies, measures for improvement of prescribing)
- Infection control (principles and evidence based practice, effective infection control interventions)
- Surveillance of healthcare-associated infections
- Application to practice (application of interventions to control MDROs in health care settings, transparent reporting of outbreaks and interventions)
The programme was cross referenced against the framework for Public Health Competencies (2008) and The European Core Curriculum for Training for Infection Control Practitioners (2008). These consisted of a range of knowledge and competency levels which assimilate senior public health and infection control specialists.
The course was delivered in English and was carried out over three days.
The target audience included health care professionals with current or future responsibility for prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections working at national or sub-national level. Typically, these were mid-career professionals involved in programmes to prevent healthcare-associated infections at hospital level:
- Infection control practitioners/infection preventionists;
- Hospital physicians/specialist physicians;
- Hospital epidemiologists;
- Clinical microbiologists;
- Public health microbiologists.
The participants were experts from EU member states (MS), the three other EEA countries designated by their respective country authorities. All costs incurred by the participants were covered, including travel by public transport and "per diem" for accommodation, meals and incidental expenses, in accordance with the ECDC rules.
Expert consultation meeting: Developing a training course on vaccine acceptance
11 Apr 2019 to 12 Apr 2019 - Vaccine acceptance and dealing with vaccine hesitancy is increasingly a topic of concern, and empowering frontline healthcare professionals to deal with this challenge is vitally needed at this time. At the beginning of 2019, vaccine hesitancy was included in the top 10 health threats of this year for WHO. In order to improve the skills of European health professionals working in healthcare and public health in addressing the doubts and concerns of patients regarding vaccination, ECDC is convening an expert consultation meeting during 11-12 April 2019. This meeting will inform the development of a training course on vaccine acceptance.
ECDC Summer School 2019
10 Jun 2019 to 14 Jun 2019 - The ECDC Summer School is organised yearly for experts within the ECDC networks with the aim to build EU/EEA Member States’ public health capacity in the area of communicable diseases. Every year meaningful topics are selected based on Member States’ identified needs. The Summer School provides an opportunity for networking and scientific exchange.