Author – Katrina Crist, MBA
CEO of APIC
International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which takes place October 14-20, asks all of us to imagine a safer world through infection prevention. Imagine a healthcare setting where everyone performs appropriate hand hygiene before and after providing patient care. Or a community where every individual uses proper respiratory etiquette by coughing and sneezing into their elbow. Imagine the impact on a global level.
Led by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), IIPW provides a focal point for infection preventionists, healthcare professionals, consumers, organizations, and industry partners to shine a light on infection prevention and its power to save lives.
IIPW seeks to galvanize an infection prevention movement at the grassroots level, and we invite you to join with us.
To jumpstart your involvement, APIC has launched a new website with resources and template materials, and a Facebook page to help promote activation 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.
New “Infection Prevention & You” materials help patients ask questions about their care and stay safe from infection in the hospital, an ambulatory care facility, long-term care facility, or while receiving healthcare services in their home. We encourage you to share these new materials.
The Department of Health and Human Services, APIC, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America have collaborated on the first “Partnership in Prevention Award” to recognize one exemplary hospital that has achieved sustainable reductions in healthcare-associated infections. The award will be presented on October 15, during IIPW, via a webinar. Registration for the webinar is limited to the first 1,000 individuals who sign up, so we encourage early registration to ensure a spot. Visit the IIPW website for information about other educational opportunities.
Infection prevention is everyone’s business. Together we can achieve more than any of us working separately. Join the infection prevention movement to create changes that will save lives!