|IPC Day - Hot Topics in Infection Prevention and Control|
The UIPC hosted the 4th annual Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Day on 18 October 2011 to discuss current IPC topics of local and national concern. The event was attended by 220 delegates from all over the Western Cape who used the opportunity to share information, exchange ideas and network with experts and colleagues. Dr Tracey Naledi, the chair of the Western Cape Provincial Infection Control Committee, delivered the opening address. Topics of discussion included the management of Clostridium difficile in the healthcare setting, IPC challenges in Correctional Services, management of loan instruments in the CSSD, occupationally-acquired tuberculosis, the Best Care Always initiative, and lessons learnt from the national IPC audit. The UIPC also awarded certificates to students who passed the Advanced Decontamination and Sterilization Course.
IPC Day 18 October 2011
|IPC Day 2011: Correctional Services IPC study|
|IPC Day 2011: Decontamination Loan instruments|
|IPC Day 2011: Introduction to Health Impact Assessment Unit|
|IPC Day 2011: IPC within Correctional Services|
|IPC Day 2011: Lessons learned from baseline NCS audit 2011|
|IPC Day 2011: Occupationally acquired Tuberculosis|
|IPC day 2011 - Clostridium difficile|
TB-IPC Course for Laboratory Staff in Mbabane, Swaziland, June 2011
WHO/SIGN Injection safety workshop
The Western Cape Infection Control Society (WCICS) hosted an Injection Safety Workshop at Tygerberg Hospital on 6 April 2011. The main speaker at the event was Dr Selma Khamassi, WHO representative of the Safe Injection Global Network (SIGN).
World TB Day
World TB Day, which is observed on 24 March each year, marks a major turning point in public health history.
On that day in 1882, Dr Robert Koch of Germany identified the bacillus that causes tuberculosis, an infectious disease so devastating that it was then known in Europe as the "white plague".
More than 100 years later, tuberculosis is still a public health threat. According to the World Health Organization's Global TB Report 2008, South Africa is 5th on the list of 22 high-TB burden countries.
The Unit of Infection Prevention and Control takes the opportunity of commemorating this day to create awareness within Tygerberg Hospital, targeting nurses in an environment of high exposure.
World TB Day 24 March 2011
For this popular annual event the UIPC assembles a large crowd of healthcare professionals to discuss the current topics in IPC under the theme "What is Hot in IPC". The topics for 2010 included the measles outbreak, tuberculosis, prion disease and influenza.
IPC Day 2 November 2010