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International Infection Prevention Week Starts Off Strong and Continues Throughout the Week – “Infection Prevention is Everyone’s Business”

October 16, 2012

One in 20 hospitalized patients will develop an infection as a result of their care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which takes place October 14-20, focuses public awareness on the power of infection prevention to save lives and the importance of involving consumers, healthcare professionals, organizations, and industry partners in prevention activities. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) will celebrate the annual observance with a number of planned activities and events.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 15, 2012

One in 20 hospitalized patients will develop an infection as a result of their care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which takes place October 14-20, focuses public awareness on the power of infection prevention to save lives and the importance of involving consumers, healthcare professionals, organizations, and industry partners in prevention activities.

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) will celebrate the annual observance with a number of planned activities and events:

Many other IIPW events are taking place around the country, including those organized by APIC chapters, Partner organizations, and corporate Champions.

“We are thrilled by the engagement of our chapters at the grassroots level,” said Katrina Crist, MBA, APIC CEO. “In addition, we welcome the healthcare organizations and companies who have joined IIPW as Partners and Champions. They are hosting creative activities to raise awareness and promote IIPW, which helps draw attention to this issue and adds tremendous impact to our efforts to create a patient safety movement.”

Led by APIC, IIPW aims to galvanize an infection prevention movement at the grassroots level by involving everyone in infection prevention:

  •     Healthcare professionals: are asked to commit as never before to follow and promote best practices.
  •     Consumers: are asked to take actions to prevent infections — Wash your hands; cover your cough with your elbow; and ask questions about infection prevention of care providers.
  •     Associations and healthcare companies: are invited to join with APIC in raising awareness through various communications channels.

APIC has launched a new website with resources and template materials, and a Facebook page to help hospitals and communities raise awareness and activate around IIPW. The website places special emphasis on the active role consumers can play and outlines three simple steps to engage patients in their care. For more information on how to become involved, visit http://www.apic.org/iipw.

APIC´s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association´s more than 14,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Follow APIC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apic. Learn more about IIPW on Facebook and Twitter (#IIPW).

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