8th International Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention Conference

Time Information
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Sponsored Breakfast Symposium

9:15 AM - 9:20 AM
9:20 AM - 9:50 AM
Antimicrobial Resistance: Everybody’s problem
Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE, Clinical Director ,

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM
Wound Infection: What difference have we made in prevention and detection?
Professor Zena Moore, PhD, MSc (Leadership in Health Professionals Education), MSc (Wound Healing & Tissue Repair), FFNMRCSI, PG Dip, Dip First Line Management, RGN, Professor and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery , School of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

The WHO emphasise the important role of education and training, integrated standards of care, communication and team work in achieving a robust patient safety culture within health-care services. Importantly, wound infection is intrinsically linked to patient safety. Guest et al estimated that that the annual prevalence of chronic wounds in the UK is growing at the rate of 12%. Further, the growth in wound prevalence arises due to delayed wound healing, often due to increased rates of wound infection. Worryingly, 30% of all wounds being managed lacked a differential diagnosis. It is timely, therefore, to review our achievements in the prevention and detection of wound infection. This presentation will provide an evidenced based overview of the epidemiology of wound infection, aiming to understand what difference we are making, in view of the significant financial investment in this field of wound care.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
An Evidence Based Approach to Preventing Surgical Site Infection
Dr Josh Totty, Surgical Trainee, Hull and East Yorkshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

With antimicrobial resistance on the rise, clinicians are increasingly practising the mantra that prevention is better than cure when it comes to infections. This session will take delegates through the current guidelines and practices available to members of the surgical team to reduce rates of surgical site infection (SSI).

By the end of the session, delegates should:

•             Be knowledgeable about pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative measures for preventing SSI

•             Understand the need for critical appraisal of published research through the use of appraisal tools

•             Apply this understanding to the evidence behind guidelines for preventing SSI

•             Be aware of the current research being undertaken in the field of SSI
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Coffee and Exhibition Viewing

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Dr Leanne Atkin, Vascular Nurse Consultant, Mid Yorks NHS Trust

This session will focus on the patient impact side of wound and surgical site infection. Within the session we will:
  • Examine what makes a patient high risk and what strategies are available to reduce this risk.
  • Explore the national differences in infection rates and the unwarranted variations in care. 
  • Expand on the work of the national wound care strategy which is ongoing to ensure practitioners and service leads know what good care looks like with the aim to improve quality of care for all patients.
  • Articulate the real clinical and human consequences of getting this wrong.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Hands on Guide to Identification and Treatment of Surgical Site Infections
Dr George Smith, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Academic Vascular Surgery Unit, Hull Royal Infirmary

This session will use case studies from a variety of patients to highlight key learning points in surgical site infections (SSI) including:

  • Identifying those patients at highest risk of SSI
  • Wound surveillance and how to diagnose SSI
  • Treatment options for SSI

By the end of the session, delegates should have a clear understanding of:

  • The most significant risk factors for SSI
  • What research and clinical tools can be used to survey wounds
  • What research and clinical tools can be used to diagnose SSI
  • What treatments are frequently used in SSI patients
  • What future treatments for SSI may involve
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Sponsored Symposium

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Antibiotic Stewardship: Room for quality improvement
Dr Mamoon Al Deyab, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice/Clinical Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy, School of Applied Sciences

The aim of this session is to highlight specific methods that can improve antibiotic stewardship in hospitals, including point prevalence surveys, time-series analysis and benchmarking. By the end of this session, the following topics will be addressed: Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) and its utility in understanding antimicrobial prescribing practices, using PPS to identify targets for quality improvement,  time-series analysis and its utility for designing antibiotic stewardship, and  examples of undertaken research on the previous two topics along with briefly demonstrating its utility in bench marking.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Where Can I Find Help and Guidance?
Professor Karen Ousey, Director for the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, University of Huddersfield

Wound infection is an unfortunate complication that affects many patients worldwide. Control of wound infection today relies largely on antibiotics, but the continual emergence of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms threatens a return to the pre-antibiotic era where antiseptics were used to prevent and manage infection.  The European Wound Management Association (EWMA) in partnership with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) have developed and published a free on line module exploring Anti microbial Stewardship (AMS)in wound management for all health care professionals. Similarly there are a range of guidance and policy documents that have been developed to improve outcomes and aim to reduce wound infection including publications from the International Wound Infection Institute. Guidance for SSI management is common for hospitalised patients yet there is little for those being cared for in the home environment. This session will explore resources and documents available for Health Care Professionals to ensure prevention and management techniques are evidence based and effective.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Identify relevant documents focused around infection that can be translated into clinical practice
  • Debate global recommendations for prevention and management of wound infection
  • Understand and be able to apply the principles of AMS into clinical practice
  • Locate on line AMS modules
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM