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European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)
European Study Group for Nosocomial Infections (ESGNI)

Minutes

Constitutional Meeting. Lausanne May 27th, 1997.

Assistance of the following members of the Steering Committee

Bouza (Spain), Carlet (France), Cisterna (represented by C. Ezpeleta), Cookson (UK), Giamarellou (Greece), Krcmery (Slovenia), Lode (Germany), Modai (France), Ozsut (Turkey), Rubinstein (Israel), Ruef (Zürich), Spencer (UK).

1.- Provisional Statues of ESGNI are definitively approved by the Group.

2.- The Steering Committee agrees to delay elections for representative positions until a whole Consolidation of the Groupís work. By the time being the President will undertake all Secretary functions.

3.- The Group agrees on the President proposal for European studies on bacteremia of nosocomial origin in order to collect information on the European situation and with the aim of providing European Recommendations.

4.-- Once basic information is collected and analyzed, the Group will meet in Spain, along 1998 for examination of results and a consensus meeting.

5.- The President has already request financial support for the beginning from ESCMID. Dr. Lode, present ESCMID treasurer promised his support.

6.- The number of ESGNI members at the time of sending these minutes is already: X from X different countries.
 
 

European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)
European Study Group for Nosocomial Infections (ESGNI)

Minutes

2nd Membership Assembly.
November 26th, 1998.
El Escorial. Madrid. Spain






1.- Minutes of the prior assembly (1st Membership Assembly) are read and approved.

2.- Presidentís report.

 a.- The number of members that have joined the ESGNI is 595. Many have known (and joined) the group mainly through ESCMID and ESGNI studies. Many are already members of other national societies and groups. The total number of full members (members belonging also to the ESCMID) is 175 at the present time.

 b. The activities developed by the Group from June 1997 have been in summary:

Organization and completion of ESGNI-001 and ESGNI-002 studies.
Organization and fund raising for the First annual meeting of the group
Organization and fund raising for the VII Postgraduate education course of ESCMID devoted to Nosocomial infections.
A Website is being designed

 c.-  Budget situation.
Up to the present time no membership dues have been charged to individuals.
Corporate members and ESCMID have been the only source of income.
So far, total income of the group came from ESCMID (founding $ 3,000), and Corporate members: Roche: ($ 3,500), Hoechst Marion Rosusel ($4,200 ) and Pfizer: ($ 3,500 )
The expenses of the El Escorial meeting have not yet been calculated, but the items have been:
Regular correspondence with members of the group
Preparation and sending of the ESGNI studies
Organization of the ESGNI meeting
Organization of the postgraduate Education Course
 
 

d.- Emilio Bouza mentioned  the convenience of electing in Berlin a new Executive Committee to substitute the present Steering Committee.

 e.- Perspectives for 1998-1999

To finish elaboration of data and publication of the ESGNI-001 and 002 studies.
To publish all the lectures of our first meeting as a Clinical Microbiology and Infection supplement if sufficient funds can be raised.
 To carry out new ESGNI cooperative studies
The next ESGNI annual meeting is to be held in the ESCMID Congress (March 1999, Berlin)
 

2.- Comments from the Assembly

a.- Andreas Voss asked for the support of the group to organize a joint SHEA-ESGNI course on Nosocomial Infections to be held in The Netherlands during 1999. This project was fully supported and members of the group belonging to the ESCMID E.C. will try to raise some funds for the project.

 b.- The election process for the new Executive Committee of the Group will take place during the Berlin meeting (March, 1999). Candidates for the E.C. will be distributed before the meeting and we will vote during the assembly.

c.- Emilio Bouza proposed to the group that the administrative secretariat could be separate from the scientific secretariat in order to provide a stable structure for the group. The decision was approved the administrative secretariat would initially be based in Madrid.

3.- Proposals for coming studies and other activities.

a.- There was an agreement in to expand and complete new bloodstream infections studies.
b. - A consensus conference on bloodstream infections and bacteremia should be completed and published.
 
 

Madrid November 28th 1998
 
 

European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)
European Study Group for Nosocomial Infections (ESGNI)

Minutes
 
 

3rd Membership Assembly.
March 23rd, 1999.
Berlin. Germany

1.- Minutes of the previous assembly (2nd Membership Assembly) are read and approved.

2.- Presidentís report.

a.- The number of members that have joined the ESGNI is 610. Many have learned of (and joined) the group through the ESCMID and ESGNI studies. The total number of full members (members also belonging to ESCMID) is 154 at the present time.

b. The activities developed by the Group from November 1998 are:

? The ESGNI-001 and ESGNI-002 studies and all the lectures of our first meeting in El Escorial have been published as a supplement of Clinical Microbiology and Infection, which has been supported by the pharmaceutical industry. The expenses of the monograph have been approximately $35,000 Minutes and samples of monographic CMI were distributed in Berlin.

? We are still working on the Website (www\microbiology.net\esgni) which we will try to transform into an essential tool for communication among the group members. We intend to include data from future cooperative studies on-line. We ask all members that have Internet and e-mail to send their data to our secretary as soon as possible.

c.-  Budget situation.

? Up to the present time no membership dues have been charged to individuals.
? Corporate members and ESCMID have been the only source of income. So far, total income of the group has come from ESCMID (founding $ 3,000), and corporate members: Roche: ($ 3,500), Hoechst Marion Rousell ($4,200) and Pfizer: ($ 3,500 ).
? The expenses of the El Escorial meeting have been covered by grants from ESCMID, the Spanish Society for Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC), The Spanish Society of Chemotherapy (SEQ), Roche, Pfizer and partially with founds the group itself
d.- A new Executive Committee was elected in Berlin. Fourteen candidates fulfilled the election criteria and full members voted during the assembly. The elected members of the new Executive Committee are: Emilio Bouza (Spain), Patricia Muñoz (Spain), Andreas Voss (The Netherlands), Pramod Shah (Germany) and Robert Spencer (U.K.).

e.- Outlook for 1999-2000

? A new ESGNI cooperative study on urinary tract infection will be carried out this year. Dr. Andreas Voss is finishing the protocol and will take charge of the project.

? The next ESGNI Postgraduate Course is also to be held also in Holland as a joint SHEA-ESGNI course on Nosocomial Infections (October 29th November 2nd, 1999). ESCMID E.C. will try to raise some grants for the Course.

? The next ESGNI annual meeting will take place immediately after the SHEA training Course in Hospital Epidemiology.

? Volunteers for organizing the 2000 meeting are requested. Possible venues for holding the 5th annual meeting are Switzerland (to coincide with SHEA meeting), Turkey or Spain.

3.- Comments from the Assembly

a.- The institution of a consulting structure, the so called ďFounding FathersĒ  which includes all persons that belonged to the Steering Committee and those subsequently elected to the Executive Committee was approved.

b.- A stable administrative secretariat of the group is based in Madrid. Please contact Ms. Rocío Fernández (esgni@microbiologia.net) for help.

d.- Dr. Carlet proposed increasing the interaction with other Groups classically interested in Nosocomial infections such as Intensive Care groups. This was approved.

4.- Proposals for coming studies and other activities.

a.- The final document reflecting the opinions of the group expressed in the Consensus Conference on Bloodstream infections and bacteremia in El Escorial is being finished and will be sent for further discussion before publishing.

b.- Drs. Carlet, Krcenert, Cookson and Bouza will prepare a protocol on intravenous catheter infections for the year 2000. Dr. Pittet and Dr. Trilla commented on the collaborative study which is being carried out (EPIC-SHEA) and will transmit this information to Dr. Carlet.