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Gram-Negative Bloodstream Infection

Friday 16 November 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Gram-Negative Bloodstream Infection

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“In England, Gram-negative bloodstream infections (GNBSIs) are increasing despite the decreases seen in Meticillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) bloodstream infection and Clostridium difficile infections (CDI). The Government have therefore set an ambition to reduce healthcare associated GNBSI by 50% by 2020/21.” NHS Improvement August 2018 Read more here

This conference focuses on the effective management and reduction of Gram-negative bloodstream infection in line with the National Programme ambition to halve healthcare associated Gram-negative bloodstream infections by March 2021.

“The case for addressing infections within the NHS is clear…if we can achieve these reductions, the benefit to patients is immense.” Ruth May Executive Director of Nursing, NHS Improvement, Deputy CNO & National Director for Infection Prevention and Control

“Bacteria that are normally harmless in their normal environment can cause problems if they grow in other parts of the body and can cause a range of infections with differing severity and associated mortality. One of the most serious infections Gram-negatives can cause bloodstream infections.

Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Klebsiella spp. and Pseudomonas aeruginosa are the leading causes of healthcare associated bloodstream infections. Gram-negative bacteria can be resistant to antibiotics and in some cases will be multi-resistant rendering most available antibiotics useless. Some of the antibiotic resistance mechanisms are on mobile genetic elements, such as plasmids, which allow the genes that encode resistance to spread more easily, and importantly, between different bacterial species.” Department of Health 2018

There will be an extended focus on reducing E.coli bloodstream infections. NHS Improvement recently stated “We have seen an increase in the number of E.coli bloodstream infections despite decreases in MRSA bloodstream infections and CDI infections”. The benefits of reducing these infections include improved patient safety through reduced infection rates, mortality, length of stay and appropriate antimicrobial prescribing • improved patient experience through the prevention of avoidable infections and reduced length of inpatient stay • improved population health through reduced antimicrobial resistance • potentially between £900-£2400 per patient saved for each E.coli BSI prevented (NHS Improvement).

Benefits of attending:

  • Network with colleagues who are effectively working to manage and reduce Gram-negative bloodstream infection
  • Understand the national context including the National Programme ambition to halve healthcare associated Gram-negative bloodstream infections by March 2021
  • Develop your skills in managing and reducing gram-negative blood stream infection  
  • Learn about the  benefits of reducing infections including improved patient safety and lower mortality rates
  • Understand how improved patient experience through the prevention of avoidable infections can reduce length of inpatient stay
  • Develop effective strategies for intervention
  • Understand how you can improve surveillance
  • Develop effective systems for the reporting of blood cultures
  • Ensure investigation and learning from all incidents of E.coli
  • Learn from established practice in the reduction of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections
  • Ensure effective management of invasive devices
  • Learning from PHE National Data Collection and Risk Factor Analysis of Klebsiella species and Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence



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