Join us as SHEA hosts an in person workshop for the joint SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program (ORTP) in Philadelphia at the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square from June 20-21, 2017. The training workshop includes lectures, case-studies, and working sessions to educate healthcare epidemiologists on how to effectively lead a response to public health emergencies and facility-level outbreaks.

SHEA has opened the applications for Career Awards at IDWeek. These awards are selected based on applications sent to the SHEA Awards committee. The application process will close May 5, 2017. Submit all award materials or questions to foundation@shea-online.org.

Planning Co-Chairs, Drs. Matthew Linam and Belinda Ostrowsky are pleased to announce the SHEA Spring 2017 Conference: Science Guiding Prevention will take place in St. Louis, Missouri at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch from Wednesday, March 29 – Friday, March 31, 2017. This year's conference will build on the success of past SHEA Spring Conferences and focus on innovative and cutting edge topics addressing unanswered issues in healthcare epidemiology and antibiotic stewardship.

As part of an ongoing multistate investigation, CDC is attempting to identify hospitals that have detected clusters of Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) cases among pediatric or adult ICU patients, particularly since January 2016. To report clusters, please contact the CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Outbreak Email box at: haioutbreak@cdc.gov.

The first official joint workshop endorsed by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Japanese Society for Infection Prevention and Control (JSIPC) was held at the 31st Annual Meeting of Japanese Society for Infection Prevention and Control, on February 20, 2016 in Kyoto, Japan.

SHEA has been asked by CDC to notify our members regarding Non-tuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) infections associated with heater-cooler devices. Please see the CDC practical guidance on this topic below.

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, the White House is convening a Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship to bring together key human and animal health constituencies involved in antibiotic stewardship—the development, promotion, and implementation of activities to ensure the responsible use of antibiotics. Dr. Anthony Harris participated on behalf of SHEA.

This online educational course offers any Infectious Diseases practitioner an opportunity to learn the basics of healthcare epidemiology, infection control and antimicrobial stewardship. Written by adult and pediatric experts in the field, case-based information is presented in a dynamic and interactive learning environment intended to highlight the role of the healthcare epidemiologist.

Ebola Infection Control Resources SHEA is collecting Ebola Resources from government and members to provide links to all Infection Control related materials.

The FDA published a final guidance on reprocessing reusable medical devices. This guidance is a step toward further reducing the risk of patient infection by providing manufacturers with recommendations to validate their reprocessing instructions to ensure devices remain safe and effective for reuse.

SHEA is excited to start publishing in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology the updated sections to the Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals. The first in the series is an expert guidance highlighting strategies for implementing and prioritizing efforts to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospitals. The compendium shares evidence-based strategies to help healthcare professionals effectively control and prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).