By: Aphrodite Kotrotsios, Co-Publisher
Philadelphia, PA- On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Philadelphia’s Greek-American community gathered at Estia Restaurant in Philadelphia to learn about the Collaborative Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes (CLEO) presented by Dr. Theoklis Zaoutis, M.D., M.S.C.E. Established in 2011, CLEO is a joint effort between the Department of Pediatrics of the “Aghia Sophia” and Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece and the Department of Pediatrics “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece. CLEO is at the forefront of creating proper hygiene mechanisms in hospitals in order to prevent Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) and the proper use of antibiotics. Dr. Zaoutis is a Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and founder & Scientific Director of CLEO. He has a plethora of knowledge of his field in which enables him to work hard towards making CLEO’s initiative a reality. The audience listened attentively as he described the circumstances in the Greek hospitals, and how CLEO is trying to minimize HAI in hospitals, which is predominantly caused by a dearth of proper hygienic precautions.