Happy Holidays! We know that many of you are experiencing difficulties renewing your SHEA membership online. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the new database. We are manually working to address ALL issues as they come in and we appreciate your patience on this matter.

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.

Tuesday, October 6, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. SHEA encourages interested participants to sign up to attend this pre-meeting workshop at IDWeek. The workshop will cover topics on effective antimicrobial stewardship programs and implementation interventions

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.

During the SHEA Spring 2015: Science Guiding Prevention in Orlando, Florida, SHEA will be hosting a SHEA Research and Education Foundation inaugural dinner. The ticketed event will take place the evening of Thursday, May 14, 2015. SHEA has invited several SHEA past presidents to speak and discuss the past, present and future of Healthcare Epidemiology. You can purchase your ticket when you register, if you already registered for SHEA Spring 2015 we can help you add this to your registration. Tickets are $100 per person and include a sit down dinner. The donation helps to support the efforts and initiatives of the SHEA Research and Education Foundation.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was confirmed by the CDC on May 2, 2014 in a traveler to the United States. This virus is relatively new to humans and was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. CDC has checklists and resource lists for healthcare facilities and providers to assist with preparing to implement infection control precautions for MERS-CoV. The WHO also has resources available.  SHEA members participated in the WHO interim guidance on Infection prevention and control during health care for probable or confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection among other guidance materials.

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).

SHEA has several awards to be presented during IDWeek 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. These awards are selected based on applications sent to the Awards committee and are non-abstract driven. The application process closes June 2, 2014. More information is available at SHEA Awards.

SHEA has just refreshed its Antimicrobial Stewardship pages. Check it out here - Antimicrobial Stewardship. For look at different education programs that are available please visit SHEA’s partner site at http://www.stewardship-education.org/