Infection Control and Sterilization Conference Saudi Arabia 2024

4 - 5 December 2024, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The Infection Control and Sterilization Conference Saudi Arabia 2024 is a premier gathering of healthcare professionals, researchers, and industry leaders dedicated to the advancement of infection control and sterilization practices. With the increased risk of infection due to improper sterilization and decontamination practices, the safety of patients and healthcare workers is of paramount importance nowadays. Set in Jeddah, this conference aims to provide a platform for knowledge exchange, innovation, and collaboration to address the most pressing challenges in the field and enhance patient safety and care quality across healthcare settings.

Why attend:

  • To explore the latest research and innovations in infection control and sterilization
  • To provide practical solutions for reducing healthcare-associated infections
  • To ensure compliance and align regional practices with international standards and guidelines
  • To encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing among professionals in the field

Target Audience:

  • Healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, infection control practitioners)
  • CSSD practitioners
  • Technicians
  • Researchers and academicians
  • Hospital administrators and healthcare executives
  • Medical device and pharmaceutical industry representatives (PPE, IC and Sterilization solutions)
  • Public health officials and policymakers
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Speakers

Agenda

4th December 2024

Main Conference Day One

08:15

Registration and Refreshments

08:50

Welcome note by Fortinus Events

08:55

Opening address from the Chairperson

INFECTION CONTROL & PREVENTION IN HEALTHCARE

09:00

Keynote Presentation: Implementation of Saudi Arabia’s National Infection Control Guidelines in hospitals to align with Saudi IPC National Standards

  • Understanding the national IPC standards
  • Leadership Support and resources allocation
  • Challenges, assessment and gap analyses
  • Development of protocols
  • Education and training
  • Implementation and integration into clinical practices
  • Evaluation and improvement

Mohammed Garout, Infection Control Specialty Team Leader, Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Health Care Institutions (CBAHI)

09:30

Value of Certification in Infection Prevention and Control, Is it Significant! 

  • Certification provides standardized measurement of current essential knowledge needed for professionals working in the Infection Prevention Field.
  • It encourages individual growth and study, therefore promoting professionalism.
  • The significance of certification is measured through surveys which clearly explicits that it has a great impact in career growth, higher salaries and improved patient outcomes.

Shazia Irum, Ambassador of Certification Board of Infection Control & EpidemiologyCBIC, IPC Specialist, King Salman Center for Kidney Diseases

10:00

Presentation Session – Reserved for Title Sponsor

10:30

Networking and Tea Break/ One-on-One Meetings

11:00

Artificial intelligence (AI) in infection prevention:

  • AI technologies or tools detect and prevent infections within health care facilities
  • Share examples of successful implementations of AI in infection prevention programs

Tabrikah Mohammed, Founder and Chairperson, Emirates Infection Prevention & Sterilization Society

11:30

Presentation Session – Reserved for Partner

12:00

Antibiotics resistance within bacterial communities in Biofilms

Paula Freeman, HSE Decontamination, Health Service Executive

12:30

Case Study-Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases

Nadeem Gul, Head of Infection Prevention and Control, KFKC & Maternity Hospital of King Saud Medical City

13:00

Networking Lunch Break/ One-on-One Meetings

14:00

Infection Control in High-Risk Areas: ICUs and NICUs

  • Specific challenges in controlling infections in critical care units
  • Best practices and protocols for high-risk patient populations
  • Role of specialized infection control teams
14:30

Presentation Session – Reserved for Partner

15:00

Machine Learning and AI in Predicting Infection Outbreaks

  • AI integration with surveillance systems
15:30

Networking and Tea Break/ / One-on-One Meetings

16:00

Permanent Protocol Changes and Innovations In PPE

  • Standardize PPE protocols across all HC settings
  • Enhanced PPE designs which offer more comfortable and breathable protection, reusable, enhanced
    filtration and integrated communication devices attached
  • Regular training and drills to ensure all HC workers are proficient in correct use of PPE
16:30

Future Directions in Infection Control Research

  • Latest research on microbiomes and antimicrobial agents
  • Advanced Pathogen Detection and Surveillance-Rapid testing, POCT, Genomic Sequencing, Real Time
    Data Analytics and AI which can track and predict outbreaks
17:00

Panel Discussion: Global Infection Control Standards vs. Local Adaptations

  • Importance of adhering to global standards
  • Necessity of local adaptations to address specific needs
  • Outbreak management and preparedness
  • Case studies highlighting successes and challenges
17:30

Closing Remarks from the Chairperson

17:35

End Of Day One

5th December 2024

Main Conference Day Two

08:15

Registration and Refreshments

08:55

Welcome Back Address from the Chairperson

STERILIZATION & DECONTAMINATION IN HEALTHCARE

09:00

Keynote Presentation: Sustainable Practices In CSSD

  • Reusable instruments to combat waste generated from single use instruments
  • Energy efficient sterilization processes-Steam sterilizers
  • Waste management and Recycling for proper disposal of hazardous waste
09:30

Case Study: Research On Methods Of Protein Removal And Washer Optimization

  • Enzymatic cleaning agents breaking down protein residues on surgical instruments
  • Mechanical washer optimization-increasing water pressure and optimizing cycle times for protein
    removal
10:00

Presentation Session – Reserved for Partner

10:30

Networking Tea Break/ One-on-One Meetings

11:00

Increased complexity and diversity of medical devices requiring sterilization

  • Staffing issues, including recruitment, retention, and training of qualified personnel.
  • Addressing environmental sustainability concerns related to sterilization practices.
  • Maintaining effective communication and collaboration with healthcare teams across.

Mounir Hathroubi, Training Instructor, Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS)

11:30

Preventive Maintenance Schedules For Autoclaves And Washers

  • Calibration and validation to ensure consistent and effective sterilization
  • Regular inspection and cleaning for maintaining optimal performance
  • Timely replacement of parts-seals, filters and sensors to prevent machine breakdown/ wear and tear
    of parts
12:00

Validation in CSSD : Is it mandatory ?

  • Importance of Validation in CSSD (Central Sterile Supply Department)
  • Regulatory Requirements and Standards
  • Components and Processes of Validation

Ala Eddine Maatoug, Vice President, MENA FHSS-North Africa

12:30

Panel Discussion: Outsourcing Sterilization Services vs. In-House CSSD

  • Cost-effectiveness and quality control of outsourcing sterilization services.
  • Benefits and risks of maintaining in-house CSSD operations
  • Impact on patient safety and infection control
13:00

Best Practice in Education of CSSD Staff

  • Decontamination of medical devices as a profession and career pathway.
  • Education for patient safety, quality improvement and regulatory compliance.
  • Workplace tools for continued education management.

Rasheed Olegs Tucs, Associate Lecturer, Technological University Dublin

13:30

Panel Discussion: Centralized vs. Decentralized Sterilization Services

  • Efficiency and effectiveness of centralized CSSD compared to decentralized units.
  • Impact on workflow, logistics, and challenges and costs associated with meeting rigorous regulations
  • Balancing flexibility and innovation with compliance
14:00

Closing Remarks from the Chairperson

14:05

Networking Lunch Break/ One-on-One Meetings

15:00

End of Conference

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