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Over 4 million people acquire a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) each year in the European Union (EU) of which approximately 37.000 die as a direct consequence of HAI.


Moreover, antimicrobial resistance threatens the effective treatment of an ever increasing range of bacterial infections (WHO). Ahead of the Dutch EU presidency, Minister Schippers (Minister of Public Health, Welfare and Sport)  presented a broad plan of action against antibiotic resistance.

To prevent outbreaks like the Oxa-48-producing Klebsiella pneumonia in Maasstad Hospital in Rotterdam in 2011, accurate knowledge of the circulation of highly resistant bacteria, like Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) is highly required for control of infectious disease outbreaks. Patient transfer between hospitals and in particular between countries is a risk factor for the spread of bacteria that are resistant to last-line antibiotics such as the carbapenems.

This risk is heightened when patients are transferred from, or have received previous medical care in areas with high rates of bacterial resistance as concluded from a risk assessment produced by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). They evaluated the risk to the citizens of Europe of the spread of CPE through patient transfer between healthcare facilities, with special emphasis on cross-border transfer. In the global report on surveillance on antimicrobial resistance, the WHO warns for a post-antibiotic era, in which the achievements of modern medicine are nullified.

During this spring meeting you will have the opportunity to be taught by European antimicrobial resistance experts in a small group (16) of German and Dutch medical students.

Dates:

3-5 March 2016

Venue:

Peter Friedrich Ludwigs (PFL) Kulturzentrum, Oldenburg, Germany

Target Audience:

Medical students 2nd year onwards: 8 from Oldenburg University and 8 from University Medical Center Groningen

Language:

English

Application deadline:

15th of February 2016

Registration fee:

45 €

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