"I am thrilled with the strong attendance and participation from healthcare professionals and industry alike, says Bill Eikost, publisher of ICT. It represents the best of what healthcare has to offer and shows the impact infection control professionals can make on healthcare. The current and future development of these professionals will be through conferences like this -- one where they put their clinical knowledge to use while developing their strength as influencers to reduce not only infection rates and the length of a hospital stay, but also contribute to the bottom line of hospitals and healthcare institutions."
Infection prevention and control professionals are facing innumerable challenges relating to protecting their patients, their healthcare organizations, and even their communities from the impacts of infections, says conference chair Kelly M. Pyrek, editor of ICT and group editor of the Virgo Publishing Medical Group. We wanted this conference to supply attendees with the tools and knowledge they need to improve their level of performance personally and professionally.
The conference provided attendees with an opportunity to learn from experts in the field, network with their peers, and gain new insights into hot topics such as making the business case for infection prevention, the true costs of non-compliance, keeping abreast of public reporting mandates, and much more. To help them excel in their jobs, many of the sessions addressed the importance of ICPs meeting oncoming challenges such as active surveillance and performance improvement, as well as breaking down internal barriers, managing time and resources efficiently, communicating effectively with peers and stakeholders, conducting proper risk assessments and following pertinent guidelines, and creating strong alliances to advance infection control programs. To view the agenda from this years conference, go to: http://www.ictconference.com/agenda.html
Lectures from industry experts were supplemented with interactive sessions; Gripe Night gave attendees the opportunity to discuss issues informally with their colleagues, while the ICP Roundtable gathered participants into small groups to address common infection control challenges. Microbe Mania was a fun, fast-paced activity designed to test attendees knowledge of common and not-so-common pathogens and the disease they cause.
Sponsors of this years event were CHG/Saniguard and the Glo Germ Co., and 23 companies from the infection prevention marketplace were on hand to share with attendees their innovative products and services that are helping to curb healthcare-associated infections. To view a list of companies that exhibited, go to: http://www.ictconference.com/exhibitor.html
Attendees participated in a Passport Program that encouraged interaction with vendors during exhibit hours; the winner of a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card was Joan Jenne, RN, BSN, CIC, of St. Lukes Hospital in
I really thought last year's inaugural conference could not be topped but this one proved me wrong, says Patricia Streeter, RN, CIC, infection control specialist at St. Marys Hospital in
The conference faculty included some of the industrys best and brightest minds and was comprised of Libby Chinnes, RN, BSN, CIC, of IC Solutions, LLC; Connie Steed, MSN, RN, CIC, director of infection control for Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center; Linda L. Spaulding RN, C, CIC, of InCo & Associates; Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, infection control manager for Via Health Rochester General Hospital; Ann-Marie Pettis, RN, BSN, infection prevention specialist at Highland Hospital; Gail Bennett, RN, MSN, CIC, executive director of ICP Associates, LLC; Shannon Oriola, RN, CIC, COHN, lead infection control practitioner for the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus; and Frank Myers, CIC, CPHQ, director of clinical epidemiology and safety systems for Scripps Mercy Hospital.
"The conference was great," says Linda Greene, who delivered several presentations for the second consecutive year of the event. "The theme of professional development is a much-needed one, and I heard so many positive comments. Even we experienced folks took away some valuable ideas."
I thoroughly enjoyed the ICT conference in
The conference helped me put together some very difficult concepts, says Anne Peterson, RN, BSN, PHN, infection control specialist for Antelope Valley Healthcare District. I know youve heard the saying you cant see the forest for the trees. Well, Im seeing through the trees (data I collect and report) to the big picture (the total infection control program) thanks to you and your wonderful speakers. I will highly recommend your seminar.
In addition to the ICT Conference and ICT magazine, Virgo Publishings Medical Group also produces the todays surgicenter conference,