will also be covering the three plenaries sessions which will feature topics of particular importance in infectious disease prevention, such as the first plenary’s discussion of upcoming changes and requirements in antibiotic stewardship and the “benefits of integration across the field of infection prevention” as well as ways that those in the field can increase this integration. The second plenary is dedicated to improving “understanding of human motivation and maintenance of behavior change across multiple diseases and conditions,” and this understanding can be used to inform “more effective behavioral interventions to impact infection prevention and antimicrobial prescribing.” The closing plenary will feature insight on preparing for the future and cover the challenges faced when unexpected infectious disease situations spring up and strategies to “engage the next generation of infectious disease physicians to ensure sustainability and growth of infection prevention, hospital epidemiology, and antibiotic stewardship.”
will also be sitting down with Snigdha Vallabhaneni, MD, MPH, from the CDC, to discuss detecting and responding to Candida auris
, Lillian Abbo, MD, from the University of Miami Health System, who will take a closer look at rapid diagnostics tests and how they can be used in antibiotic stewardship programs to improve antibiotic use, and Nicola Thompson, PhD, MS, research epidemiologist, at the CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, on her poster presentation on exploring different approaches to estimating the national burden of HAIs in nursing homes within the United States.
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Editor's Note: A previous version of this article stated that, "Advancements are being made every day in the fight against the infection; in fact, recently, Duke Health researchers found that a UVC machine can work to can work to disinfect rooms from the pathogen." According to the study on the UVC machine, the researchers found that none of the disinfectant combinations resulted in a significant reduction of incidence of
C. difficile. This sentence has since been omitted from the article.
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