All presentation submissions were due by 11:59pm CST, Monday, August 10, 2020.
Next year's conference will provide a mix of educational workshops and presentations to showcase new ideas and methods of improvement within the Sterile Processing (SP) field.
Details on the schedule and registration information will be released Fall, 2020.
For weeks, the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) has been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and its impact on the upcoming IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo, which was to be held in Chicago, Illinois, April 25-29, 2020. Today, the IAHCSMM Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the conference due to health and wellness concerns for attendees and the community.
On March 12, Illinois governor Pritzker officially ordered a 30-day shutdown of public events in the state that would draw more than 1,000 participants, and he encouraged cancellation or postponement of all private and social events of 250 or more people until May 1. This recommendation aligns with recommendations from epidemiologists and other health experts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our attendees, speakers, vendors and community has always been IAHCSMM’s top priority. Cancelling our conference and expo was determined by IAHCSMM as the only prudent option and is in keeping with the Association’s mission and values of improving patient safety and meeting the needs of the healthcare environment.