In collaboration with the Department of Infection Prevention and Control in health facilities at the Directorate of Health affairs in Al Ahsa Governorate, the “Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) Surveillance Program” course was successfully closed on the 10th of April 2019. Delivered in Al Ahsa hospital lecture hall, the course witnessed the participation of a large audience including prominent Heads and members of infection prevention and Control (IPC) and healthcare practitioners from the critical care units from the Eastern Region hospitals, as it tackled substantial topics relating to HAIs surveillance, the optimal use of antibiotics (the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program), the management of outbreaks, the epidemiology of infectious diseases and quality development through the monitoring of IPC-related KPIs.
Inaugurated under the patronage of the Assistant to the Director of Health Affairs for Therapeutic Services, Dr. Omar Biamin and the Executive Director of Al-Ahsa Hospital Dr. Maher Jamal Eddine, the “Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) Surveillance Program” course was awarded with 21 CME hours by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. It was held on the 4th and 5th of Shaaban 1440, corresponding to April 9th and 10th, 2019 with the aim of developing the skillsets needed in the healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) surveillance, in the form of lectures delivered by subject matter experts from the Ministry of Health, Al Ahsa Hospital and the private sector.
Furthermore, the course was attended by the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) heads and staff, and healthcare practitioners from the critical care units in the public and private hospitals in the Eastern Region.
The Executive Director of Al-Ahsa Hospital pointed out the importance of supporting the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) programs in health facilities by leaders of healthcare institutions, given the role of such programs in improving healthcare services and outcomes, and promoting a mindset whereby infection prevention and control is the duty of every employee in a healthcare facility.
For her part, Dr. Hanan Al-Sheikh, Head of Infection Prevention and Control in health facilities at the Health Affairs Directorate, stressed the importance of implementing the guidelines in managing outbreaks, and the lessons learned to prevent the spread of MERS-CoV. Moreover, Dr. Mostafa El-Khalaf highlighted the importance of using antibiotics in an optimal manner, as unjustified antibiotic prescriptions would reduce microbial resistance, increase challenges in treatment plans, and contribute to higher mortality.
The Head of Infection Prevention and Control Department at Al Ahsa Hospital considered that the selection and analysis of KPIs should follow a scientific approach to extract scientific methods and insights and meaningful recommendations that can help the hospital leadership to take favorable decisions.
The course organizers, lecturers and attendees all agreed on the necessity of holding regular scientific courses given their immense contribution to the healthcare sector in promoting quality healthcare aimed at considering patient safety as top priority and the cornerstone of high-quality healthcare.
It is worth noting that certificates of recognition were presented during the opening ceremony, by the Head of Infection Prevention and Control in health facilities at the Health Affairs Directorate in Al Ahsa governorate to the management of Al Ahsa Hospital for their efforts in making the course a success, and the head of Infection Prevention and Control Mr. Mohamed Al Bataineh for his commendable efforts in developing and organizing the course. For his part, the Executive Director of Al-Ahsa Hospital Dr. Maher Jamal Eddine presented a certificate of appreciation and a recognition plaque to the Head of Infection Prevention and Control in health facilities at the Health Affairs Directorate, Dr. Hanan Ahmad Al Sheikh, for her exceptional efforts in the development of infection control practices in Al Ahsa governorate in particular and the Eastern Region in general.