The Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Division of Disease Control hosted a Infection Prevention Symposium focusing on antimicrobial stewardship and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). The purpose of this symposium was to promote education, communication, and collaboration within the Philadelphia healthcare community for the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance. By the end of the workshop, attendees better understood how healthcare professionals can intervene and work together to decrease the transmission of CRE/multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) across the continuum of care.

The Infection Prevention Symposium was held on Wendesday, October 30, 2013. The agenda is below and contains a links to the PDF version of the Powerpoint presentations used by each presenter during this Symposium.


8:00-8:30 AM

Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:40AM Welcome, Opening Remarks
8:40-9:40AM Antimicrobial Stewardship

10:00-11:00AM Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae: Epidemiology and Prevention
11:00AM-12:00PM Is the inanimate environment a significant contributor to the spread of CRE in healthcare settings?

1:00-2:00PM Breakout Session 1

How, Where, and What: Do I have a CRE Outbreak in my Care Setting? What Next?

Identifying CRE Infections and Interpreting CRE Laboratory Results

Management of CRE Infections: the good, the (mostly) bad, and the ugly

2:15-3:15PM Breakout Session 2

Best Practices for CRE and MDRO Control in Acute and Long-term Settings

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Pediatric Applications

3:30-4:30PM Panel Discussion: Case Study Q & A
4:30PM Closing