Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is now CLOSED. Late Breaker Abstract Submission will open in January.

Decennial 2020 will be accepting late breaker abstracts. We encourage everyone who is interested in attending to submit your focused abstract that highlights how their work impacts healthcare associated infections, antibiotic resistance in healthcare, and patient safety. Abstract categories are listed below. Late Breaker Abstract Submission will open in January.

What is a late breaker abstract?

Late breaker abstracts are highly competitive; only abstracts containing new, novel, cutting-edge information will be considered. Retrospective studies will not be considered. Because of the nature of late breakers, we will accept very few submissions for presentation.

Abstract Topic Areas

Antimicrobial Stewardship Interventions Healthcare-Associated Pneumonia/VAE Occupational Health
Antimicrobial Stewardship Metrics Healthcare-Associated Urinary Tract Infections/CAUTI Outbreaks and Clusters
Clostridium difficile Healthcare-Associated Bloodstream Infections/CLABSI Patient Safety
Decolonization Strategies Healthcare Preparedness Prevention Programs
Diagnostics/Microbiology Implementation Science Product Evaluation
Dialysis Infection Control in Low and Middle-Income Countries Public Reporting of HAIs/Healthcare Epi Policy
Disinfection and Sterilization of instrumentsInfections in Immunocompromised Patients Quality Assessment
Emerging Pathogens Intravascular Device-Related Infections Surgical Site Infections
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Medical Informatics Surveillance
Fungal Infections Methodological and Statistical Issues Viral Infections
Multidrug-Resistant Gram Negative Bacteria Molecular Epidemiology VRE
Hand Hygiene MRSA Other

Key Dates

Abstract Submission DeadlineNovember 12
11:59 p.m. EST
Notification DeadlineMid/Late December
Withdrawal DeadlineJanuary 6
11:59 p.m. EST
Early Registration DeadlineJanuary 6
11:59 p.m. EST
Late Breaker Submissions OpenJanuary 8
Late Breaker Submissions DeadlineJanuary 29
11:59 p.m. EST
Late Breaker Notification Deadline February 21
Regular Registration Deadline February 26
11:59 p.m. EST

General Information

  • The abstract submission deadline is November 12, 2019. SHEA is not responsible for abstracts that are not fully completed and submitted by this deadline date. Please ensure that your submission has been submitted and you have received the confirmation e-mail.
  • Submissions with an “INCOMPLETE” status cannot be processed.
  • Submitters may return to the online system to edit abstracts, revise information, correct typographical errors, tables, graphics, or delete a submission at any time before the submission deadline. After the deadline, the system will be closed and completed abstracts will be reviewed by SHEA. An author may not revise or resubmit an abstract in order to make changes or corrections after this deadline; adding or removing authors after the submission deadline is not permitted. The abstract may be withdrawn or, if accepted, the error may be indicated during the presentation. Proofread abstracts carefully to avoid errors before they are submitted. SHEA is not authorized to make changes to a submission.
  • General information subject to change due to circumstances beyond SHEA’s control.

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