Pre-Conference Workshops

SHEA is pleased to present 7 half-day Pre-Conference Workshops on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

All workshops will feature both didactic learning and breakout group work among participants and will have a unique focus on topic areas such as media communication, implementation, mathematical modeling, NHSN updates, outbreaks, and more!

Morning Workshops | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

Leveraging Implementation Science for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention *
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The workshop will cover introduction to implementation science for practice and research addressing challenges in HAI prevention. Besides theoretical introduction to the subjects, real-world examples will be used to facilitate the comprehension of participants regarding the subject.

Mathematical Modeling 101: Hands on Introduction to Assess HAI Prevention Through Simulations and Modeling
Through a series of short lectures combined with hands on analysis using Excel or R, participants will be able to describe and understand basic model approaches, as well as gain experience in running simple compartmental models to simulate infection control interventions. Through participating in this workshop, attendees will have an improved ability to read and interpret infection control literature which present simulations models, and have developed contacts with modelers for possible collaborations. We ask that all participations bring their own laptops with Excel or R installed to participate in the hands-on exercises which will be shared during the workshop.

Improving Outcomes of Sepsis in Children and Adolescents
The workshop will offer a comprehensive program for improving outcomes of sepsis in children and adolescents that draws on the experience of the Children’s Hospital Association “Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes Collaborative”. The presentations will focus on topics relevant to bedside clinicians, healthcare epidemiology and quality improvement specialists, and public health officials. Four didactic presentations will focus on current efforts to define sepsis in children and adolescents (including definitions appropriate for real-time management and long-term surveillance of epidemiologic trends), methods for timely identification and management of sepsis in a variety of health care settings, and appropriate de-escalation of care to avoid healthcare associated infections and inappropriate antimicrobial use that leads to antimicrobial resistance. Two breakout sessions will enable attendees to develop strategies to improve identification of sepsis and de-escalation of sepsis care at their own facilities based on discussion of methods to achieve these ends presented in the didactic presentations (Talks #2 and 4).

Using NHSN Antimicrobial Use and Resistance (AUR) Module Data for Stewardship Interventions
In this workshop attendees will receive an overview of the NHSN Antimicrobial Use and Resistance (AUR) Module as well as the analytic reports and standardized metrics, such as the Standardized Antimicrobial Administration Ratio (SAAR), produced within NHSN. The session will delve into how to use AUR Module data to identify opportunities for improvement of antimicrobial use and design applicable interventions. Participants will also learn how to present AUR data to various stakeholders and use the NHSN Group Function to review and analyze AUR Module data at the health system level. All are welcome to attend as the session will not require the use of actual NHSN AUR Module data.

Afternoon Workshops | 1:00 – 4:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

When You Have Good News and Bad News: Successfully Engaging Media, Patients, and Peers as Partners in Improving Patient Safety
Participants will hear from experts in risk communication, patient engagement and media about the important role that patients and media play when outbreaks occur and in educating the public about efforts to improve patient safety. Substantial time will be devoted to an interactive discussion about patient notification and public disclosure around HAI issues, as we expect public disclosure of outbreaks will continue to gain momentum and become an issue for most hospitals and health departments. The workshop will also expose participants to perspectives of a top health journalist on the topic and learn about questions to anticipate and ways to best tell your story. In addition, participants will learn novel approaches toward involving patients in efforts to improve quality overall and during an outbreak or adverse event.

Detecting and Containing Outbreaks of Multi-drug Resistant Organisms in Limited Resource Settings
Multi-drug resistant organisms, such as carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae, are increasing in frequency globally particularly in limited resource settings. However, many of these facilities and countries do not have the resources to comprehensively address these organisms. As such, a discussion of practical approaches to MDRO detection and containment is needed. This workshop will highlight approaches to detection, prevention, and containment of MDROs in limited resource settings from clinical and public health perspectives.

Neonatal Late-onset Sepsis (LOS): Identifying the Preventable and Potentially Preventable and Taking Steps to Prevent Them
Are you looking for information about the major causes of neonatal late onset sepsis (LOS)? Interested in identifying the preventable proportion of LOS cases in your facility? What are best practices for antimicrobial treatment and prophylaxis of LOS? What new options of surveillance for LOS will be available in the National Healthcare Safety Network and how can the data be used for prevention? These questions and others will be answered by renowned clinicians in this ½ day workshop.

For more information on the Pre-Conference Workshops, including speakers, target audience and more, visit the Interactive Program.

Registration Costs

Category Rate Early
(on or before 1/6/20)
Regular and Onsite
(after 1/6/20)

Registration includes access to the workshop, attendee handouts, and a networking break.

SHEA is proud to offer Continuing Medical Education credits for these Pre-Conference Workshops. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful Completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 3 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.