Research & Projects

ESCMID Panorama
 
 

This course was held in English

 

Surveillance and Metacompetence

 

This 2-days interactive course was for healthcare professionals who seek to acquire additional knowledge and skills on the basic concepts and objectives of surveillance, and to gain a European perspective in infection prevention and control.

This educational module workshop adds to the continuum of educational initiatives in the field of infection prevention and control, supported and organized by the School of Medicine, European University Cyprus.

Module organizers
Constantinos Tsioutis, Nicosia, Cyprus
George Petrikkos, Nicosia, Cyprus

Module programme
Details of the agenda were available in the flyer

CME Accreditation
The organizers of the module have applied for European CME accreditation through EACCME.

 
 

This course was held in English

 

The role of the clinical laboratory in preventing nosocomial infections due to MDR Gram-negative pathogens: a theoretical and practical approach

 

This 3-day module offered up-to-date knowledge in:

•  Epidemiology of MDR Gram-negative pathogens

•  Phenotypical and molecular microbial methods for the detection of MDR Gram-negative pathogens

•  Diagnostic stewardship

The course focused on detecting resistance  mechanisms of MDR Gram-negative pathogens against antimicrobials such as expanded-spectrum cephalosporins, carbapenems and polymyxins. 

Lectures was complemented by practical lab demonstrations for learning different diagnostic techniques for rapid detection of MDR bacteria in clinical microbiology. At the end of the module, the participants gained valuable knowledge and skills that can be immediately transferred to healthcare facilities and used for the benefit of hospitalized patients.

Module organizer
Athanasios Tsakris, Athens, Greece

Module programme
Details of the agenda are available in the flyer

CME Accreditation
This module has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 16 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).


Implementation in Infection Prevention and Control


This workshop aimed:

• To understand organisational culture and context
• To prioritize activities in infection prevention and control
• To learn strategies of implementation research
• To learn practical tools for implementation

There was the opportunity to visit the infection control programme of the University of Geneva Hospital on 14–15 May 2019.

Module organisers
Raheelah Ahmad, London, United Kingdom
Carolyn Tarrant, Leicester, United Kingdom
Walter Zingg, Geneva, Switzerland

Module programme
Details of the agenda are available in the flyer

CME Accreditation
This module has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 10 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).

 
 

This course will be held in English

 

Healthcare Associated Infections: from theoretical bases through training and motivation to the development of a control programme

 

Even among those engaged in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI), having a clear understanding of the distance between theoretical knowledge and clinical and care practice is challenging. An example: we know everything about the importance of hand hygiene, but when we look at its application in real practice we are satisfied if it is carried out almost half of times it should be done.So, we asked ourselves if it was important to promote initiatives to give knowledge, to promote behaviour change, to organize the surveillance, prevention and control interventions of HAI.The course that we propose, to be really meaningful for the healthcare personnel who will take part in it, will not be purely theoretical, but practical. Not a seminar or a series of dry lectures, but an interactive, engaging meeting, co-constructed with all the participants, using interactive methods.


The
course would like to spread the culture and the knowledge of HAI and of Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) by education and motivation to obtain a behavior change with a comprehensive vision of prevention, surveillance and control activities.The participants will know the international and Italian epidemiology of MDR bacteria and the laws and guide-lines to control AMR spread. The participants will learn to implement infection control procedures from hand hygiene to surveillance of MDR bacteria and HAI.

Module organizer
Annibale Raglio, Bergamo, Italy

Module programme
Details of the agenda are available in the flyer

Module registration
You can register for the module here.
Deadline for registration is 25 April 2019, or until all available spots are filled.

CME Accreditation
The organizers of the module have applied for European CME accreditation through EACCME.

This course will be held in the Greek language

 

 
Designing and implementing Point Prevalence Surveys of healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic use

 

This 3- day module will provide essential information:
• To detect HAIs and measure prescribed antimicrobials in acute care hospitals
• To implement a Point Prevalence Survey in a hospital
• To analyze the results using appropriate statistical methods
• To estimate the total burden (prevalence) of HAIs and antimicrobial use
• To identify effective ways to disseminate results to healthcare professionals and policy makers at   local, national and EU levels

Module organizer
Achilleas Gikas, Heraklion, Greece

Module programme
Details of the agenda are available in the flyer

Module registration
You can register for the module here.
Deadline for registration is 15 February 2019, or until all available spots are filled.

CME Accreditation
This module has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 15 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).

Lubljana (Slovenia) 13-15 March 2019

Antibiotic Therapy and Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes

This workshop aimed:

• To provide participants with the latest update on resistance epidemiology and new insights into the relationship between antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance.
• To provide participants with an overview of appropriate antimicrobial therapy regimens for common infectious diseases, including bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
• To provide participants with an overview of interventions to reduce antimicrobial resistance.
• To provide participants with overview of antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASP), their mission and goals as well as role of various stakeholders.
• To discuss multidisciplinary strategies of ASP.
• To provide participants with an insight into the role of information technology in ASP.
• To give the participants the opportunity to discuss limitations of ASP, barriers to implementation in local environment. 

Module organizers
Tatjana Lejko Zupanc, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tadeja Matos, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mateja Pirš, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Bojana Beovic, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nuno Rocha-Pereira, Porto, Portugal
Oana Sandulescu, Bucharest, Romania

Module programme
Details of the agenda are available in the flyer 

CME Accreditation
This module has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 16 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).

This course was held in English

 

 
Infection Prevention and Control

 

This course provided up to date information on:
• the clinical relevance of microbial consortia
• the role of quorum sensing in inter-microbial cooperation
• in vitro biofilm assessment
• infection prevention and control strategies for biofilm-driven infections
• clinical management of biofilm-associated infections

Module organizers
Oana Sandulescu, Bucharest, Romania
Daniela Pitigoi, Bucharest, Romania
Dragos Florea, Bucharest, Romania
Anca Streinu-Cercel, Bucharest, Romania
Dan Otelea, Bucharest, Romania
Adrian Streinu-Cercel, Bucharest, Romania

Module programme
Details of the agenda are available in the flyer

CME Accreditation
This module has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 13 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).

Freiburg (Germany) 14-16 January 2019

Dynamics of Disease Transmission: From Genomes to Infection Control, from Beds to Bases and Bytes

The EUCIC advanced module in Freiburg focused on the application of modern methods and techniques such as whole genome sequencing (WGS) and mathematic modelling for infection prevention and control (IPC) efforts. It was a hands-on course with practical sessions, including analysis of real outbreak data and simulating the spread of different infectious diseases inside and outside of a hospital. You
had the opportunity to be taught by top experts from different centres from all over Europe. Learnt how to interpret modelling and WGS data for infection control purposes, and got deeper insights into transmission dynamics and kinetics of infectious diseases.

Module organizers
Nico T. Mutters, Freiburg, Germany
Sandra Reuter, Freiburg, Germany
Hajo Grundmann, Freiburg, Germany

Module programme
Details of the agenda are available in the flyer

CME Accreditation
This module has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 11 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). It has also been awarded 21 points from the German Landesärztekammer.