dimanche 3 juillet 2016

Les infections à l'hôpital

From Microbes to Matrons:The Past, Present and Future of Hospital Infection Control and Prevention


On 1st and 2nd September 2016 at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, a symposium will bring together historians, healthcare professionals and policy makers to consider the contemporary relevance of past infection control practices. As the first of its kind in terms of interdisciplinarity and subject matter, the symposium aims to forge new synergies between disciplines by reflecting on the historical lessons of antiseptic and aseptic practices in the nineteenth century, and the introduction of antibiotics and drug resistance in the twentieth. It examines the extent to which recent failures in hospital hygiene, as the focus of high profile hospital scandals, and critical levels of global antibiotic resistance have resulted in a current shift to a more ecological model of infection control originating in the nineteenth century (Healthcare Commission, 2007; Mid Staffordshire Inquiry, 2010). The symposium also takes on the task of suggesting innovative potential futures for infection control and prevention strategies.

Key questions of the symposium include:

· How have policies relating to infection prevention and control been implemented in practice and to what success?

· How have hospital hygiene methods and practices of infection prevention and control and post-operative wound care evolved and changed since the nineteenth century?

· How have practitioners and policy makers responded to challenges of the past?

· How have these methods and practices varied according to hospital and geographic location?

· Who have been the key players in hospital infection prevention and control?

Confirmed speakers include: Dr Thomas Schlich (James McGill Professor in History of Medicine at the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University); Dr Pamela Wood (Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand); and Neil Wigglesworth, (Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, London).

There are a few places remaining for students and early-career researchers to attend the symposium free of charge. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. Please contact Dr Claire L. Jones (Claire.l.jones@kcl.ac.uk) if you would like to attend or for any other information. Student and early-career Society for the Social History of Medicine travel bursaries are available to attendees who are SSHM members (https://sshm.org/bursaries/)

The symposium forms part of a Leverhulme Trust-funded research project “From Microbes to Matrons: Infection Control in British Hospitals, 1870-1970” based at King’s College London (co-PI Professor Anne Marie Rafferty) and the University of Glasgow (co-PI Professor Marguerite Dupree). It is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Society for the Social History of Medicine.

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