5th CROATIAN CONGRESS ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES
with international participation
September 23 - 27, 2006
Hotel Complex Borik, Zadar, Croatia

under the auspices of
Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

SATURDAY, 23 September 2006
ROOM B
9.00 - 12.30

Matra Project MAT 05/HR/9/2
Strengthening Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance in Croatia

Workshop 1
Announcement

The Matra project team invites participants for a workshop on
Development of National Guidelines for Prudent Use of Antimicrobials

On Saturday 23 September, in Zadar, Croatia (before the 5th Croatian Congress on Infectious Diseases)

Target group: Key Opinion Leaders and other specialists with possible involvement in development of clinical guidelines in the prudent use of antimicrobials.

The aim of the workshop is to apply the AGREE methodology for the assessment of existing clinical guidelines in Croatia in the area of prudent use of antimicrobials. Through the assessment it will be possible to identify strong and weak points of existing clinical guidelines. Suggestions for an adequate approach towards formulating clinical guidelines will be formulated during the workshop.

During the workshop participants will perform practical assignments. Participants in the workshop will learn to apply the AGREE instrument and will learn to understand the criteria for developing good clinical guidelines. International experts from the Netherlands and from the Slovak Republic will facilitate this workshop.

Programme:

10.00
Opening and introduction
Dr. Arjana Tambic Andrasevic, Reference Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance, Zagreb, Croatia
10.10
Introduction to the AGREE methodology
Dr. Jan Prins, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
10.40
Overview of clinical guidelines in the area of prudent use of antimicrobials
Prof. Martin Rusnak Trnava University, Trnava, Slovak Republic
11.00
Work in groups, assessment of existing clinical guidelines
Participants
12.00
Plenary presentation of findings of the assessment
Dr. Jaap Koot Public Health Consultants, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
12.30
Formulation of recommendations for development of national guidelines for prudent use of antimicrobials
Dr. Arjana Tambic Andrasevic, Reference Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance, Zagreb, Croatia
13.00
Closure

The participants will receive a reader with relevant information two weeks ahead of the workshop.


SATURDAY, 23 September 2006
ROOM B

13.30 - 17.00

Matra Project MAT 05/HR/9/2
Strengthening Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance in Croatia

Workshop 2
Announcement

The Matra project team invites participants for a workshop on
Development of Strategies for Reduction of MRSA Infections in Hospitals

On Saturday 23 September, in Zadar, Croatia (before the 5th Croatian Congress on Infectious Diseases)

Target group: Key Opinion Leaders and other specialists involved in surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in Croatia.

The aim of the workshop is to formulate options for hospital strategies to limit the number of infections with MRSA. How can the MRSA diagnostics and surveillance (EARSS) in Croatia be used for planning interventions in hospitals? Which lessons can be learned from international experiences (from Croatia, the Netherlands and the UK)? How can concrete action be planned even with limited funding in hospitals? Suggestions will be formulated and recommendations made.

During the workshop participants will perform practical assignments. Participants in the workshop will develop a MRSA reduction strategy for an average hospital in Croatia, which – with adaptations – can be applied in practice. International experts from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and from the Slovak Republic will facilitate this workshop.

Programme:

14.00
Opening and introduction
Dr. Arjana Tambic Andrasevic, Reference Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance, Zagreb, Croatia
14.10
Comprehensive Surveillance: diagnosis, registration, feed-back and interventions
Dr. Greet Vos, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

14.40
Overview of MRSA intervention strategies in the United Kingdom: options of reducing infection rates
Prof. Gary French, King’s College, London, United Kingdom
15.10
Intervention Strategy in a Croatian Hospital
Dr. Marina Payerl-Pal, Hospital Cakovec, Croatia
15.30
Work in groups, options for interventions in Croatian Hospitals
Participants
16.30
Plenary presentation of options for interventions
Dr. Jaap Koot, Public Health Consultants, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
17.00
Formulation of recommendations for interventions to reduce MRSA in Croatian Hospitals
Dr. Arjana Tambic Andrasevic, Reference Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance, Zagreb, Croatia
17.30
Closure

The participants will receive a reader with relevant information two weeks ahead of the workshop.

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About the Matra project
The project Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance in Human Health is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the EVD agency MPAP programme. The project started on 1 January 2006 and will last until 31 December 2007. The project aims to contribute to the accession of Croatia to the European Union. In particular, the project aims to assist Croatia in implementing EU-directives and recommendations in the field of antimicrobial resistance and the sound use of antibiotics.
The purpose of the project is strengthening the Croatian institutional structure engaged in surveillance of antimicrobial resistance.

The following project results are anticipated to be achieved:
1. An Intersectoral Co-ordination Mechanism (ICM) in the field of antimicrobial resistance established and functional;
2. A surveillance system for antimicrobial resistance and use of antibiotics established, based on national policy that is in line with the EU strategy for antimicrobial resistance;
3. Guidelines for sound use of antibiotics in the human sector formulated and implemented.

The project is implemented by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in collaboration with the National Reference Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance, supported by international consultant from the Netherlands and the Slovak Republic.

Venue:
Mala dvorana Hotela Donat
Hoteli Borik
Zadar

Financial/logistics:
Registration fee: 350.00 HRK payable to O-Tours agency or on site
(registration fee allows participation in both workshops and includes printed materials, coffee breaks and lunch)

Registration (because of the limited attendance please pre-register):
O - Tours d.o.o.
BTI Croatia
Gajeva 6 / 1
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia

For more information please contact:
Ivana Bujanovic
Project Manager
Special Events Dep.
tel: + 385 1 4921 720
+ 385 1 4813 011
fax: + 385 1 4813 010
cell: + 385 98 9825 996
e - mail: ivana.bujanovic@otours.hr