Surgical Infection Society to Host Panel Discussion on HAIs

The Surgical Infection Society (SIS) invites infection preventionists to be a part of an expert discussion that will explore the latest developments in the field of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and the impact they have on patients, healthcare providers and the healthcare system overall.

The educational forum provides a unique opportunity for you to hear directly from some of the leading clinical experts in the field as they discuss factors that may motivate change and reduce HAIs, such as financial constraints on reimbursement, mandatory reporting of HAIs and technological advances.

An open and insightful interactive panel discussion that reviews the latest data and guidelines and answers your questions about them. Participants will hear from leading healthcare professionals about the published research and emerging science that influences clinical practice.

HAIs continue to be a major public health concern in the United States, accounting for 50 percent of all major hospital complications at an estimated cost of more than $5.5 billion. SIS is dedicated to educating healthcare providers and patients about HAIs and hopes surgeons can benefit from learning about the latest developments in HAIs.

Serving as moderator will be Lena Napolitano, MD, past-president of SIS. Napolitano is professor of surgery at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, division chief of acute-care surgery, chief of surgical critical care, program director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, and associate chair for the department of surgery.

Also participating is:

- Charles Edmiston, PhD, SM, CIC, professor of surgery and hospital epidemiologist at Froedtert Hospital - Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wis. and adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn.

- Samir Awad, MD, associate professor in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is also director of the surgical ICU at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston.

The event will be held on Monday, June 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT.

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The expert discussion is made possible through funding from CareFusion.