About the Decennial

Held once every ten years, the Decennial Conference reviews the advances of the previous decade and the opportunities and trends for the fields of healthcare epidemiology, infectious diseases, and infection prevention and control for the future.


Decennial 2020 – Thematic Series

Ten years ago, the healthcare field was issued a call to action for the elimination of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and to do more to protect patients from preventable harm. In the decade following, the field has made great progress toward that goal, and has made significant strides in combating antibiotic resistance (AR) on a global scale. As a result, healthcare is safer today.

In this Sixth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare Associated Infections program, three narrative themes will be highlighted to encapsulate many of the imperatives for driving this progress forward. As such, these themes are integrated throughout the program to collectively demonstrate progress and highlight future directions that may advance efforts to prevent infections, combat AR, and provide safe healthcare at every encounter.

Innovation – The development of novel prevention tools, strategies, diagnostics, and therapeutics has been critical in the progress of infection prevention and addressing the threat of AR. Further innovation related to healthcare technology, practices, policies, and programs are needed to continue to move towards the goal of eliminating HAIs and slowing antibiotic resistance.

Data for Action – Facilities, states, clinicians, and other stakeholders need data to drive detection and prevention strategies to eliminate HAIs and combat AR. Improvements in use of surveillance, epidemiologic, clinical, and laboratory data are critical to help close knowledge gaps and allow for the implementation of effective strategies to provide safe care.

Addressing AMR Without Borders – Many factors impact the local and global burden and transmission of AR. To prevent resistant pathogens from spreading within and between healthcare facilities and the environment, constant vigilance and action are needed. The spread of antibiotic resistance does not respect borders. The AR experience of any given facility, region, or country is directly influenced by the sharing of colonized or infected patients with its neighboring facilities, regions and countries. Global success in containing spread of HAIs and AR will require coordinated responses at the local, regional, and international levels. Public health and healthcare systems must work together to share information to detect and to implement effective practices to prevent infections from occurring and spreading.