Healthcare-associated infections (HAI): time to take responsibility

Thursday, 03.10.2013 | 12:30 - 14:00

Organised by European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Finding the balance in life-course vaccination

Healthcare-associated infections represent an urgent public health issue and a threat to the safety of European patients. Controlling and preventing these infections is therefore a responsibility for any healthcare system and any institution providing healthcare to European patients.

The objective of this session is to engage key stakeholders, the state, the hospital, the patient and the healthcare inspectorate, as well as our audience, in a discussion about how Europe can provide the highest standards of hygiene and infection control in its innovative healthcare systems. ECDC will also be presenting the latest data available from across the EU countries.


John F Ryan, DG Health and Consumers, European Commission

Elisabeth Presterl, Professor, Clinical Institute of Hospital Hygiene, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Jan Wijngaarden, Chief Inspector of Public Health, The Health Care Inspectorate, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands

Laurène Souchet, European Patients’ Forum

Dominique Monnet, Senior Expert & Head of Programme, Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control


Marc Sprenger, Director, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

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