Joint Commission to Hold Infection Prevention and Control Conference Sept. 18-19

Clinicians and administrators are challenged every day to improve the quality of healthcare. One of the most daunting challenges is to reduce instances of medical harm due to infections. Reducing health care-associated infections through good practices is critical to keeping patients safe and controlling costs. This will be the focus of the Sept. 18-19 Infection Control Conference: Channeling Infection Control Practices into Sustainable Solutions, convened by the Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) in Chicago.  JCR is a not-for-profit affiliate of the Joint Commission.

 Participants at the national conference will learn how to transform successful strategies into sustainable solutions and showcase organizations that have made significant improvements to minimize healthcare-acquired infections. This conference will focus on the role of the infection control practitioner in controlling infection and improving organizational processes for infection control. Topics will range from infection prevention and performance improvement, to patient safety and environmental design.  Best healthcare delivery practices will be presented, and will include strategies to drive risk assessments and tactics to address multi-drug resistant organisms. Attendees will receive a take home CD with tools, checklists, forms and policies for use in their specific care settings.

 This conference is tailored for an audience of infection prevention and control professionals, physicians, epidemiologists and healthcare professionals who are involved in the prevention, management and treatment of diseases within their healthcare organizations.

 The Infection Control Pre-Conference: Navigating the New 2009 Joint Commission Infection Control Standards for IC Success, will be held on Sept. 17, in Chicago. The pre-conference will focus on developing, implementing and evaluating an organization’s infection control program based on the Joint Commission’s revised 2009 Infection Prevention and Control Standards.

 The registration fee for the main conference is $695, after Aug. 19 it increases to $749. Teams of three or more receive a reduced price of $625 per person. When registering for the main conference use code 08077.  The registration fee for the pre-conference is $395, after Aug. 18 it increases to $495.  When registering for the pre-conference use code 08076. To register for either program, call (877) 223-6866, or for more information or to register online visit the JCR Web site at 

Source: The Joint Commission