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Next IPCIreland Meeting

Nov 9, 2021

Next IPCIreland meeting for members via zoom is Friday 17th December 2021.

Time: 12:00 to 13:00 hours.

IIPW (International Infection Prevention Week) 2021

Hope everyone is celebrating and enjoying IIPW 2021.

COVID-19 continues to show the world what we’ve always known—IPC measures play a crucial role in keeping our patients, staff and visitors safe and healthy. In addition to fighting a global pandemic, IPC measures protect us from healthcare-associated infections (HCAI), measles outbreaks, flu and Norovirus outbreaks and so many other day-to-day infections.

This year’s IIPW theme is “Make Your Intention infection prevention”

Happy IIPW from IPCIreland


Next IPC Ireland Meeting

Jul 22, 2021

Thursday 12th August 2021 @ 12.30.

Details will be sent to IPC Ireland members.

3W’s to protect you against COVID-19

Wear your mask

Watch your distance

Wash your hands

Welcome to New IPCIreland Officers

What an extraordinary year 2020 has been for all healthcare professionals especially those of us working in Infection Prevention & Control.  With the roll out of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine we can look forward to the COVID Pandemic improving in 2021.

As outgoing IPCIreland Officers we would like to thank everyone for your help and support over the last three years.  We wish the new officers the best of luck in this exciting new phase for IPCIreland.

The new incoming officers are:

  • Chair: Emer Ward     (
  • Secretary: Margaruite O’Connor     (
  • Treasurer: Helen Lemass     (

Stay safe everyone and remember the 3 W’s (Wash your hands, Wear your mask & Watch your distance).

Regards Lenora (outgoing chair), Trish (outgoing secretary) & Terry (outgoing treasurer).


Wishing Everyone a Safe Merry Christmas 2020

IPCIreland wishes all our members and visitors a Merry Christmas.

Remember the following measures to keep everyone safe:

  • Wash your hands.
  • Wear your mask.
  • Watch your distance.
  • Wipe surfaces.
  • Walk away from crowds.

Merry Christmas from Lenora (Chair), Patricia (Secretary) & Terry (Treasurer).

COVID-19 Management in Ireland

See twitter @ipci5 for daily COVID-19 news from IPCIreland.

Links to keep you up to date on COVID-19 management in Ireland:

  • HPSC:
  • HSE:
  • Department of Health & Children:


Role of IPC

Click on the link below or copy & paste to a new tab to hear Lenora Leonard, Chair IPCIreland talk about IPC during a radio interview


2019 Novel Coronavirus

Links to Information for Healthcare Professionals

Appropriateness of Surgical Antimicrobial Prophylaxis Practices in Australia

Good article on the Appropriateness of Surgical Antimicrobial Prophylaxis in Australia.

Key Points:

Question  What are the current surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis prescribing practices in Australia, and what factors are associated with their appropriateness?

Findings  This quality improvement study of 9351 surgical episodes found high rates of inappropriate procedural and postprocedural antimicrobial use across various hospital, patient, and surgical factors. The most common reason for inappropriate procedural use was incorrect timing, while duration greater than 24 hours was the most common reason for inappropriate postprocedural use.

Meaning  These findings suggest that the identified hospital, patient, and surgical factors should be considered as targets for development of tailored interventions to ensure appropriateness of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis prescriptions.

See link for article.