IV forum launched by IPS

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The Infection Prevention Society (IPS), the largest infection prevention and control organisation in the UK and Ireland has recently launched the IPS IV Forum. The forum will bring together like-minded intravenous (IV) and infection and control practitioners to facilitate shared expertise, which in turn will shape and develop IV guidance, education and practice in the UK.

The IPS IV Forum was developed in recognition of the risk of infection to patients to whom IV therapy is administered. MRSA Bacteraemia numbers have been falling in England and other parts of the UK and this has largely been as a result of increased focus on IV therapy as a risk factor in these cases.

The IPS also announced that Andrew Jackson, IV Nurse Consultant at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, UK will lead the IPS IV Forum. Andrew is very enthusiastic about the forum, saying “The forum will draw together IV expertise from throughout the UK and Ireland, this will allow us to rapidly develop educational tools and clinical guides that will reflect the needs of patient, practitioner and organisation”. Andrew continues, “Part of my vision for the IPS IV Forum is that staff will be able to access people and tools that will assist with the implementation of national IV priorities at a local level. The IPS IV Forum is a groundbreaking development for intravenous care in the UK”. Welcoming the formation of the Forum, Martin Kiernan IPS President said “IV Therapy is now recognised as a vital therapeutic intervention for patients and there is now a recogintion of this route as an important portal of entry by which patients can acquire infection. The Forum will provide an important communication medium for those commited to patient safety”.

The IPS IV forum is open to any practitioner with an interest in networking and taking forward standards in IV care. The Forum will meet at least three times a year, provide an online networking facility and will hold an annual conference running alongside the IPS Conference in addition to publishing supplements of the British Journal of Infection Control, which becomes the Journal of Infection Prevention in January 2009. For an information pack email info@fitwise.co.uk For any additional information about the IPS IV Forum contact Andrew Jackson at andrew.jackson@ivteam.com

About IPS:

The Infection Prevention Society exists to promote the advancement of education in infection prevention and control for the benefit of the community as a whole, in particular by the provision of training courses, accreditation schemes, education materials, meetings and conferences.

Website www.ips.uk.net
The IPS IV Forum was developed in recognition of the risk of infection to patients to whom IV therapy is administered. MRSA Bacteraemia numbers have been falling in England and other parts of the UK and this has largely been as a result of increased focus on IV therapy as a risk factor in these cases.

The IPS also announced that Andrew Jackson, IV Nurse Consultant at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, UK will lead the IPS IV Forum. Andrew is very enthusiastic about the forum, saying “The forum will draw together IV expertise from throughout the UK and Ireland, this will allow us to rapidly develop educational tools and clinical guides that will reflect the needs of patient, practitioner and organisation”. Andrew continues, “Part of my vision for the IPS IV Forum is that staff will be able to access people and tools that will assist with the implementation of national IV priorities at a local level. The IPS IV Forum is a groundbreaking development for intravenous care in the UK”. Welcoming the formation of the Forum, Martin Kiernan IPS President said “IV Therapy is now recognised as a vital therapeutic intervention for patients and there is now a recogintion of this route as an important portal of entry by which patients can acquire infection. The Forum will provide an important communication medium for those commited to patient safety”.

The IPS IV forum is open to any practitioner with an interest in networking and taking forward standards in IV care. The Forum will meet at least three times a year, provide an online networking facility and will hold an annual conference running alongside the IPS Conference in addition to publishing supplements of the British Journal of Infection Control, which becomes the Journal of Infection Prevention in January 2009. For an information pack email info@fitwise.co.uk For any additional information about the IPS IV Forum contact Andrew Jackson at andrew.jackson@ivteam.com

About IPS:

The Infection Prevention Society exists to promote the advancement of education in infection prevention and control for the benefit of the community as a whole, in particular by the provision of training courses, accreditation schemes, education materials, meetings and conferences.

Website www.ips.uk.net

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