Guest Author – Vicki G. Allen, MSN, RN, CIC
Manager of the Infection Prevention and Control Department
CaroMont Regional Medical Center
This year APIC is marking International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 20-26, by launching a multiyear campaign themed "Infection Prevention and You.” The focus is to engage everyone — patients, families, and healthcare personnel — in infection prevention, as well as to promote a voice and a partnership toward receiving quality and safe patient care.
APIC’s new “Infection Prevention and You” website will be continually updated and revised to reflect the most current information. For example, we recently added a page on preventing infection in the locker room. One section of the website is geared to patients and families, and the other is geared to healthcare personnel who are not necessarily infection preventionists. The resources are aimed at helping everyone understand their role in infection prevention and patient safety. The website includes tips and tools including a new infographic [PDF – 1.25 MB] that depicts how patients and families [PDF – 554 KB] can play an active role, what healthcare-associated infections [PDF – 491 KB] are, and what infection preventionists do to keep patients safe.