Shaping the future.
Subject: Infection control (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Nurses (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Patients (Care and treatment)
Patients (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Author: Cotton, Marcella
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 10
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 243451592

Honorary member of NZNO's National Division of Infection Control Nurses (NDICN) Marie Sutherland opened our 29th conference in Dunedin in early September. The conference's theme was "Back to the future" and it was attended by about 170 delegates.

One of our international speakers, former Otago District Health Board (DHB) infectious diseases physician, now working at Boston's Harvard Medical School in the United States, Leo Cell, spoke on "Quality improvement in infection control", "Creating a culture of quality and safety" and "Why we harm our patients': He stressed the need for a system of safety, lean thinking and team work.

Canadian Paul Webber is a co-founder of Webber Training, a "teleclass" (telephone-based) educational programme on infection control topics. Webber spoke of past "heretics" who are now considered pioneers in infection control and how to recognise modern leaders. He encouraged us to tell our own stories, as these make a positive impact on people's behaviour.

Clinical nurse consultant from California, Eddi Cohen, introduced the concept of "interventional patient hygiene", reducing health care associated infection and injury. She challenged our current skin antisepsis regimes.

Former Mercy Hospital infection control nurse Karen Davis introduced the Ministry of Health's infection prevention and control (IPC) e-learning programme. This tool reinforces correct IPC behaviour and will be useful in all health care services.

Nurse consultant in infection control at Medlab South in Christchurch, Alison Carter, told the history of IPC nurses in New Zealand and urged us to be involved in shaping the future.

Otago DHB's regional quality and risk manager, Catherine Rae, discussed the series of gastrointestinal outbreaks that led to Dunedin Hospital dosing for ten days in 2008. She outlined the impact and learnings from the review into these events.

Transfusion nurse specialist at the New Zealand Blood Service, Suzi Rishworth, gave an animated presentation on "hot" auditing practices that can be applied to IPC auditing.

The best new presenter award went to Katharine Clarkson from Southland Hospital who spoke on community intravenous therapy. She also received a sponsors best dressed award at the dinner.

Best oral presenter was infection control nurse Carolyn Clissold from Capital and Coast DHB who spoke on care in general practice. The best poster was won by infection control nurse Joanne Baigent from Balclutha.

Dunedin Hopsital infection control co-ordinator Jo Stodart stepped down as chair of NDICN and was thanked for her dedicated work for the division and as convener of the conference organising committee. Our new chair is Ruth Barrett from Canterbury DHB. Katharine Clarkson from Southland Hospital has been co-opted onto the national committee, continuing representation from the southern region.

Clinical nurse specialist from Dunstan, Joss Willyams, was also thanked for her dedication to IPC, as she has recently resigned from her position at Dunstan.

Report by NDICN southern regional co-ordinator Marcella Cotton
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