Yesterday, The Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) hosted a half-day conference on The International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) held at the Indera Kayangan Ballroom, The Empire Hotel and Country Club. Among the attendees were Healthcare Professionals within the region.
International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is celebrated every year to highlight infection control efforts in health care facilities and in the community. Since its first inception in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, this week of recognition has vastly expanded to every corner of the world. As the reach of IIPW widens, more patients benefit from safer healthcare practices and reduced threat of healthcare-associated infections. This event spearheaded the annual effort to highlight the importance of infection prevention among Healthcare Professionals, Hospital Administrators, Patients and the Community.
Present at the conference was Guest of Honour, Dato Paduka Dr Hj Md Isham bin Hj Jaafar, Executive Director and Medical Director of The Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC), with guest speakers Dr Ling Moi Lin, Director of Infection Control from Singapore General Hospital, Dr Terrance Chinniah, Consultant Microbiologist at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital and Jeffry Damit, Health Information Cum Quality Management Manager of The Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) along with more than 150 participants at the conference.
“As a surgeon myself, infection control and prevention practices sit at the base of what I do. I believe that simple acts such as hand washing determines the outcome and quality of care we provide to our patients”, said Dato Paduka Dr Hj Md Isham bin Hj Jaafar. “Evidently, a recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study found that on any given day, approximately 1 in 25 hospital patients has Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI). Moreover, about 75,000 patients with HAIs died while in the hospital. These numbers are alarming given the fact that practices such as hand washing could actually help reduce or prevent such occurrences.” added Dato Paduka Dr Hj Md Isham bin Hj Jaafar.
In this conference, Dr Ling Moi Lin presented a scientific paper titled with this year’s theme “Break the chain of infection” focusing on environmental hygiene. On the other hand, Dr Terrence Chinniah discussed “Can the Trilogy of Antibiotic Stewardship, PK/PD strategies and New Drugs win the Power of the Ring – Antimicrobial Resistance? Lastly, Jeffry Damit presented 3rd scientific paper titled “Quality in Infection Control: JPMC Perspective”. This was followed by a panel discussion and an open forum, where speakers and participants discussed matters on Infection Prevention and Control. The International Infection Prevention Week conference was kindly sponsored by MSD, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme, with regional manager, Mr Jimmy Briones.
Before the options for antimicrobial drugs run thin, it has been the initiative of many medical institutions and CDC’s recommendation to adopt their own antibiotic stewardship program to help break the chain of infection.
Improving the use of antibiotics is an important patient safety and public health issue as well as a national priority.
Having this in mind, The JPMC Infection Prevention and Control committee has geared themselves to help break the chain of infection. Through its activities, The JPMC Infection Prevent and Control committee has promoted hand hygiene not just within the organization but also creating awareness at grass root levels through hand hygiene education to primary school children. With the establishment of its own Antibiotics Stewardship Program (ASP), the ASP Committee has been established to monitor the appropriate use of antibiotics in clinical practice.
In closing of the event, Dato Paduka Dr Hj Isham bin Hj Jaafar launched “JPMC hand book on Antibiotic Guidelines 2016”. The goal of these guidelines is to promote the responsible use of antibiotics and to ensure quality, safety, and efficacy of antibiotic use. This hand book is designed for use by physicians for the antibiotic therapy.