CTS Archived Event-Dr. G. Gopal Rao

Title of Presentation: HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS: A WORLDWIDE CRISIS
Speaker: Dr. G. Gopal Rao
Date: 28 March 2017 | Tuesday
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Venue: H402, AUW

Presentation Summary: Advances made in healthcare in the past century are being severely threatened by the emergence and spread of virtually untreatable antimicrobial resistant infections in the community and hospitals. A recent report has estimated that by 2050 more than 10 million persons every year will die of these infections, one person every 3 seconds. In economic terms, it is estimated that the global cost of antimicrobial resistant infection will be 100 trillion dollars by 2050.

Dr. G Gopal RaoSpread of infections in healthcare facilities (Healthcare associated infections, HCAI), frequently with antimicrobial resistant organisms has reached critical proportions in many parts of the world. Resource poor countries are at the greatest risk. HCAI are largely preventable by relatively simple measures in these facilities but require concerted effort by healthcare workers, administrators and the Government for public sector hospitals. Public Health Departments need to get involved in the surveillance of HCAI and importantly, influencing public health policy.

In this talk I will provide an overview of healthcare associated infections and their prevention with special reference to the United Kingdom, which has made considerable progress in prevention of HCAI.

Brief Biography of Dr Rao:

Dr G Gopal Rao, OBE, MBBS, MD, FRCPath is currently working as Consultant Microbiologist, Head of Microbiology Dept and Lead Clinician for Infection Control at the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust. He is also an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London NHS Consultant for 27 years.

Dr Rao is an advisor to NICE and Department of Health on healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial stewardship. Dr Rao has initiated and implemented first maternal Group B streptococcus (GBS) screening programme in the UK to prevent neonatal GBS infections, initiated and implemented bed side alcohol gels for hand hygiene for the first time in the UK, developed and implemented a novel antibiotic policy to reduce C. difficile infections which, has been recommended by the Department of Health and is being implemented in many hospitals in England, initiated and implemented the first Universal screening programme for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Due to his outstanding contributions Dr Rao has been appointed OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2009 for services to Medicine and Healthcare.

Dr Rao lectured extensively in UK, Europe and India on infection prevention and control in hospitals. He has over 75 publications in peer reviewed journals on infection and infection control issues.

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