RHHD: Romanian Hand Hygiene Days
Project awarded with Romanian PR Award 2018, Events Category. Within our event the Romanian Minister of Health signed for the first time the World Health Organization pledge for infection prevention and control. The main event of the first edition took place in 2018 March 14th, with + 600 guests from 10 countries. The Special Guest of the 2018 edition was Professor Didier Pittet, from the University Hospital of Geneva, the creator of the Global Program for Patient Safety “Clean care is safer care”.
Speakers & Partners
Prof. Didier Pittet
Special Guest, SWITZERLAND / The Creator of the Global Program for Patient Safety “Clean care is safer care”
Professor Pittet is the recipient of several national and international honours including a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II for services to the prevention of healthcare-associated infection in the UK (2007), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Lectureship for his contribution to infection control and healthcare epidemiology (2008) and the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases’ Award for Excellence (2009). The book “Clean Hands Save Lives” by the French writer Thierry Crouzet (Editions L’Âge d’Homme, 2014), translated in 11 languages as of December 2014, describes Didier Pittet medical odyssey to promote hand hygiene and patient safety worldwide.
Prof. Univ. Dr. Gheorghe Borcean
Speaker and Guest, ROMANIA / President, The Romanian College of Physicians
Primary Surgeon, Orthopedic Primary Doctor, Forensic Medicine Specialist, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor at „Victor Babeş” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Timişoara. The Romanian College of Physicians is a professional, nonpolitical, nonprofit, public entity, responsible for the authorization, control and surveillance of the practice of the medical profession as a liberal profession of authorized public practice. The Romanian College of Physicians has juridical personality and institutional autonomy in its relation with any public authority, exerting its duties without any possibility of interference from outside its structure. The Romanian College of Physicians comprises all the physicians in Romania.
Dr. Neil Wigglesworth
Speaker and Guest, GREAT BRITAIN / President, Infection Prevention Society IPS
Neil qualified as a nurse in 1987 and following a clinical career primarily in critical care nursing, he moved into the field of infection prevention and control in 1995. Neil has worked in a number of nurse specialist, management, research and nurse consultant roles in the speciality as well as in Public Health/Health Protection and was appointed to the role of Deputy Director, Infection Prevention and Control at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in March 2015. Neil is the current President of the Infection Prevention Society and immediate past Editor of the Journal of Infection Prevention. He has a particular interest in Quality Improvement approaches and in particular, Human Factors/Ergonomics (HFE).
Prof. Alexandru Rafila
Speaker, ROMANIA / President of the Romanian Society of Microbiology
Professor Alexandru Rafila is currently the Chief of Microbiology Department of University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” and of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases Matei Bals” in Bucharest, Romania. Dr. Rafila is the elected President of the Romanian Society of Microbiology and has served in central administration as Secretary of State for Medical Assistance, General Director for Public Health and several times as Personal Adviser of the Minister of Health. In addition to his standing in his own country, Professor Rafila’s expertise is recognized internationally as expert by WHO, NATO and European Commission. He acts as Member of Standing Committee of Regional Office of Europe of WHO and represented Romania in the Management Board of ECDC. He was recently designated to represent European Region of WHO in the Management Board of the organization.
Conf. Univ. Dr. Emilian Damian Popovici
Speaker, ROMANIA / President of the Romanian Society of Epidemiology
Senior Epidemiologist Regional Public Health Center Timișoara, Head of Department of Epidemiology University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Victor Babeş” Timişoara, member of the Board of the International Joint Policy Committee of Epidemiological Societies, member of the International Epidemiological Association.
Speaker, GREAT BRITAIN / Over 40 years’ experience as a nurse with 20 years working as an Infection Control Nurse
MSc, BSc, RGN, Lead Nurse Quality Improvement, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, England. Carole has over 40 years’ experience as a nurse with 20 years working as an Infection Control Nurse. She is currently working in a quality improvement role. She has held a number of positions with the Infection Prevention Society and is currently the Honorary Secretary. In 2016, she led the IPS Hand Hygiene Torch Tour, which was a campaign to raise awareness of hand hygiene across the UK and Ireland. The torch tour also visited USA, Japan, Canada, Portugal, Malta and Romania. Carole has been providing voluntary support to a hospital in Romania since 2005 and has been involved with many hand hygiene campaigns in Zalau.
Dr. Pawel Grzesiowski
Speaker, POLAND / Executive Director at the Foundation for the Infection Prevention Institute
Graduated pediatrician, certified expert in infection prevention, control and therapy, with 25 years of clinical experience in university hospitals and ambulatory care. After graduation at the Warsaw Medical University, worked as assistant lecturer at the Warsaw Pediatric University Hospital (1989-1998), then (1999-2010) as the Head of Dept. of Prevention of Infection and HCAI at National Medicines Institute. Current positions held: Executive Director at the Foundation for the Infection Prevention Institute, member of national expert board in hand hygiene, Secretary of Polish Pediatric Advisory Board on National Immunization Program at the Ministry of Health, president of Polish Medical Hygiene Society. Former positions: expert on vaccines at the European Medicines Agency, former member of Management Board at the European Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control.
Dr. Andreea Moldovan
Speaker, ROMANIA / European Hand Hygiene Excellence Award
Hands’ hygiene, the first and the easiest medical act ever learnt, stands for the foundation of all activities going on in a hospital. By consequently and accurately applying the rules as far as hands’ hygiene is concerned, altogether with the rest of prevention methods (screening, antibiotic stewardship, the hygiene of the indoor spaces, the gathering of the microbiology data, good medical practices), we can say there is a complex and efficient plan in the prevention of nozocomial infections, which has proved its functionality. Just as we have learnt from others, we are ready and willing to pass on these logical and simple rules (principles) in order to be implemented in as many hospitals as possible. We are trying to give a helping hand in the continuous improvement of the medical services in Romania by means of pro bono courses, internships, communicates, articles/reviews, cooperation with hospitals in Romania and abroad. Cooperation, communication, continuous learning process are the key to success. Let’s just learn them.
Speaker, ROMANIA / “Practitioner of the Year” by the Infection Prevention Society, in the past two years
I work as a nurse from 30 years and the last 10 years I have most dedicated of prevention and control of healthcare associated infections. During this activity related to infection prevention I collaborated with specialists from England, and we were able to improve the knowledge of our staff by education as we organize: numerous training sessions; annual Hand Hygiene campaigns; numerous exchanges visits in the hospitals in England; writing a book of infection prevention and not least organizing the National Conference of Sterilization. In 2015 the work in partnership between nurses from England and Romania, it was awarded with the most admired and relevant award for nurses, Nursing Times Awards, which is considered an Oscar for nurses. Since 2010 I am member of the Infection Prevention Society, and from 2016 member of International Engagement Committee of IPS.
Dr. Sergiu Sîngeorzan
Speaker, ROMANIA / Epidemiologist at the Miercurea Ciuc Emergency County Hospital, head of the SPIAAM Service
“I strongly believe that epidemiology, and especially the hospital branch (Infection Prevention and Control), is an essential specialty, in the focus of which, all medical specialties but also administrative elements converge together, creating the basis form of safe and quality medical services.” / Epidemiologist at the Miercurea Ciuc Emergency County Hospital, head of the SPIAAM Service from 2103. Coordinator of the SPIAAM Compartment of the Topliţa Municipal Hospital from 2016. Member of various professional societies in the field, both from the country (the Romanian Society of Epidemiology) and from outside it (HIS, IPS). Organizer of Focșani Infection Prevention Conference, wich this year celebrates the 3rd edition Founding member of SPCIN.RO
Dr. Borbala Szel
Speaker, HUNGARY / Infection Control Specialist at the Infection Control Unit of Albert Szent-Györgyi Health Centre at the University of Szeged
Epidemiologist, hospital hygiene and infection control specialist at the Infection Control Unit of Albert Szent-Györgyi Health Centre at the University of Szeged (since 2011). Borbála is committed to the field of hand hygiene promotion and her Ph.D. thesis was written on hand hygiene as well. “It is important to bear in mind that not only healthcare professionals but also patients can prevent the occurrence of healthcare associated infections. Patients should be educated on infection control on a basic level in the hospital, with the aim of hopefully treating more educated patients having better compliance. By raising patient’s awareness on their role in infection control, more effective patient safety can be accomplished”. Powered by this statement, Borbála launches novel projects for World Hand Hygiene Day each year at the Albert Szent-Györgyi Health Centre.
Dr. Diana Stoica
Speaker, ROMANIA / Epidemiologist Specialist, in charge of three of the most important ‘patients’ of Vrancea County
“Prevention is important,…..prevention is vital in the fight against bacterial resistence wich we face on a daily basis. And yet, I have the convinction that only when we ‘break’ the barriers of resistant mentalities, will we succed.” Epidemiologist Specialist (since 2013), in charge of three of the most important ‘patients’ of Vrancea County: The Emergency Hospital “Saint Pantelimon” from Focsani; The Municipal Hospital from Adjud and The Hospital “N.N. Saveanu” from Vidra. Vice President of the National Association for the Protection of Patiens, Vrancea branch My activity regarding the Infection Prevention has also expanded into health education (I collaborated with Hippocrate Nurse State School from my town). For 6 years, I tried ‘to inoculate’ the prevention culture wich represents, in fact , ‘the foundation’ of each student who wants to work in hospital.
Speaker, SLOVENIA / RN (registred nurse), Head of the Hospital Infection Unit, Jesenice General Hospital
Jana Lavtižar has been employed at the Jesenice General Hospital since 1995. She worked on the surgical department and in endoscopic unit. Since 2014, she has been working in the Department for the Control and Prevention of Hospital Infections. She performs her work according to the program for controlling and preventing hospital infections. She has very good successes in the field of hand hygiene in the hospital and excellent media-supported promotion of hygiene hands in the public. During her working, she did some effective changes in the disinfection of the patient’s environment and, consequently, a reduction in the transmission of multiple resistant micro-organisms in 2016 and in 2017. Her goal is that every new employee recognizes the benefits of consistent hand disinfection in hospital and also how important in handwashing in public places and at home.
Dr. Raluca Mihaela Filimon
Speaker, ROMANIA / Epidemiologist Specialist, The Regional Institute of Oncology Iasi
Primary epidemiologist, Regional Oncology Institute: Oversight of healthcare associated infections; training of medical staff; drawing up risk maps; studies on antibiotic resistance. Epidemiologist in the Healthcare associated infections department.
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