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Hand-washing guru addresses infection control nurses.

The National Division of Infection Control Nurses' (NDICN) conference was held in Palmerston North in August, with over 250 attending.

Our keynote speaker was professor of epidemiology at Columbia University and editor of the American Journal of Infection Control, Elaine Larson, better known as the "hand-washing guru". It's always amazing to meet someone in person when you have read so many of their papers and research articles. Papers she presented included one at the first day's concurrent workshop sessions on researching and publishing; a main address on the role of antimicrobials and hygiene in health care and home settings; and another on the impact of hand hygiene on health care associated infections. All were well received.

Capital and Coast District Health Board's (DHB) infectious diseases' physician Tim Blackmore talked about Wellington Hospital's Norovirus outbreak, which most nurses could relate to well, having had their own share of the dreaded bug. MidCentral DHB's infection control medical physician Rudyard Yap spoke on the recurrence of Varicella infections and the challenges in diagnosing these. Waikato Hospital infection control nurse Carol Jarvis once again kept us on the edge of our seats with a very topical paper called "Mad Cows, Media and the Ministry". This helped us all with our planning For Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease precautions and dealing with the media, a growing concern for all of us.

This was a conference where everyone, from new practitioners to the more advanced, learned a great deal. We also made new friends, networked with colleagues and renewed long-time friendships.

The AGM highlighted once again the frustration of trying to get the Ministry of Health to include the NDICN in processes involving infection control. We bade farewell to our outgoing chair Karen Davis, thanking her for all the amazing work she has done. Karen will remain on the committee as the communication officer. We welcomed new chair Ruth Barratt, who is infection control nurse at Waikato Hospital. Most people will know Ruth from the marvellous job she is doing on our website

The prize for the best paper went to Tauranga Hospital infection control nurse Robyn Boyne for her presentation "An Outbreak of Ciprofloxacln Resistant Serratia Marcescens". Dunedin Hospital infection control nurse Jo Stoddart won the best first-time presenter for her presentation "Multi Resistant E Coli Outbreak--A Recipe for Success".
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Title Annotation:Section News
Author:Bryant, Trudi
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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