Saturday, April 1, 2017

SHEA Spring 2017: Days 2 and 3, Synopsis and Snapshots

Day 2:

It was a fine day at SHEA Spring 2017. I moderated and excellent, diverse section on infection prevention challenges.

The focus was on implementation strategies that work. Thank you SHEA! These are the practical considerations needed to make infection prevention successful. The day concluded at the SHEA Society Dinner, at the Forest Park Science Center Planeterium. A cosmic celebration of sorts.

Day 3:

Dr. Dan Diekema discussed test stewardship, a concept that is beginning to catch on and hopefully gain momentum. Minimizing overuse and over-testing (on all levels) are valuable goals.

I had the pleasure and honor to go toe to toe in a debate with Drs. Silvia Munoz-Price and Mike Edmond, on universal screening for C. difficile carriage. Spirited and most enjoyable. It was a three way tie. 

The closing plenary was a clarion call for greater activism by SHEA, IDSA and its members to meet the goals of heightened patient safety and antimicrobial stewardship. The speakers were Drs. Silvia Munoz-Price, Mike Edmond and Bill Powderly (IDSA President). Thoughtful and inspiring, to say the least.

I concluded the day with a media video-interview for Contagion Infectious Diseases Magazine, to be posted likely in the next several weeks. Stay tuned.

SHEA Spring 2017 has come to an end and I am already looking forward to the next one.

I leave you with some images from the conference (some clever slides) and from my meanderings in St. Louis to record stores and blues bars.

Back to Richmond. 

Mike Edmond, Silvia Munoz-Price, The Blogger

C.difficile stuffed toy.....charming.

Closing Plenary

Vintage Vinyl, St. Louis Missouri

Blueberry Hill Blues Bar. Need I say more?

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