A New Section of BulNoso - Disinfection and Sterilization
After joining the World Federation for Hospital Sterilization sciences ( WFHSS) in 2017 the Board of BAPIC - BulNoso decided to organize a Section of BulNoso dedicated to activities in the field and endorse an Executive Committee of three experts with a good knowledge in disinfection and sterilization to lead the Section.
In 2018 for the first time we are celebrating the World Sciences of Sterilization Day, 10 April in several Bulgarian hospitals:
- University Hospital "Queen Joanna - ISUL" in Sofia
- Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda Hospital in Sofia
- Uni Hospital in Panagurishte
- Multi prophile Acute Care Hospital "Trakia" in Stara Zagora
- University Hospital "St Anna" Sofia
Except for an open house event they have arranged also lectures for their personnel and college students, as well as some of them published photos and short articles on their web site.
The BulNoso web site provides access to the Bulgarian version of the IFIC’s manual on Infection Control: “Basic Concepts” The intent of the manual is to provide a foundation of scientifically basic infection control principles and requirements. The translation of the ten most important chapters of this book was made possible according to the initiative and with the efforts of the experts of Bulgarian Association for Prevention and Infection Control [BulNoso]. Chapters are posted and available on the IFIC website.
The initial issue of the new series BulNoso Academy of our Bulletin “Nosocomial infections” is published in 2014, entitled "For infection prevention in hospital practice. Tool for clinicians." The first to receive the book were the participants in the 10th Congress of BulNoso. The second special issue is focused on hand hygiene in clinical practice (published 2015). The third handbook is dedicated to prevention of infections, associated with invasive procedures in medical practice. We are glad to provide you with the bundles of the four indicator infections and the checklists of their implementation (published in 2017). The fourth handbook is dedicated to sterilization and disinfection in healthcare settings, containing translation in Bulgarian of the Turkish guideline (in English) http://www.deconidi.ie/html/members/ tr_das_en.htm, and kindly provided by the Turkish Society for Disinfection, Antisepsis, and Sterilization http://www.das.org.tr.
The 5th National Seminar of BulNoso Academy took place at the University hospital “St. Anna”, Sofia, 10 November 2017. This year in the Programme of the seminar several important topics have been included on the current infection prevention problems, mainly focused on the prevention of surgical site infections and decontamination of flexible endoscopes. Lectures on the scientific background and evidence based practices were given by renowned national experts in the respective fields. The seminar was very successful with more than 200 participants, doctors and nurses from the hospitals of 28 regions in the country. The set of the seminar materials comprised the new 11th issue of our journal “Nosocomial infections” and 3rd special issue of BulNoso Academy “Tool for clinicians” presenting the current principles and achievements in the prevention of infections associated with invasive procedures, incl. bundle approach implementation.
'It's in your hands - prevent sepsis in health care'
WHO urges us to focus on the fight against sepsis in the context of hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes. Hand hygiene is at the core of effective IPC to combat sepsis and the other types of HAIs, and campaigning each year on or around 5 May is one important part of improving behaviour towards IPC best practices. This year the campaign materials are all co-branded with ‘It’s in your hands – prevent sepsis in health care’ to demonstrate unity between IPC efforts , antimicrobial resistance and sepsis.