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2 May 2017
WEEKLY NEWS

Dear colleagues,

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We thank all ECCMID participants for making the congress a success!

A record number of 12,494 participants from 126 countries participated in ECCMID from 22 – 25 April 2017 in Vienna. The top 10 countries of provenance were the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Belgium respectively. Abstracts, presentations and webcasts from this year’s ECCMID are freely available on ECCMID Live until the end of August. ECCMID material is currently being curated to be included in the ESCMID eLibrary, which also hosts material from other ESCMID events. Find some video clips from the congress on our youtube channel, including the impressions from Day 4 with some testimonials from participants.

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CMI highlight: experts don’t follow guidelines in endocarditis therapy

Researchers evaluated if experts followed international guidelines in the antibiotic treatment of infective endocarditis (IE). They found that global compliance with guidelines concerning antibiotic therapy was 58%, revealing the differences between theoretical ‘consensus’, local recommendations and actual practice. The adherence to guidelines was 100% when the protocol was simple, and decreased with the seriousness of the situation or in blood-culture-negative endocarditis that requires adaptation to clinical and epidemiological data. The authors conclude that experts in IE management do not follow international consensus guidelines regarding antibiotic use, although most of them were involved in the development of the guidelines.

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EUCIC endorses WHO’s 5 May SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Campaign

The European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC) supports the 5 May campaign of the World Health Organization, which calls for a renewed focus on hand hygiene improvement and sustainability in health care. Healthcare providers are asked to sign up to the WHO 5 May SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Campaign.

The objective of the campaign is to stress that hand hygiene is at the core of effective infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes to combat antibiotic resistance. This year the campaign materials are co-branded with Antibiotics, handle with care to demonstrate unity between antimicrobial resistance and IPC efforts.

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