Recent APIC media coverage

APIC works with members of the news media to disseminate up-to-date information on infection prevention and control and to respond to requests for interviews. Our experts are frequently quoted in newspapers, magazines, and online news outlets, as well as broadcast TV and radio outlets. This page features a sampling of recent media coverage from the 1,000+ placements that mention APIC on an annual basis.


Oversee cleaning of linens and protect from contamination to avoid costly infections

May 26, 2014

Understand the requirements necessary to ensure linen are cleaned, transported and stored appropriately in order to avoid contamination, which can lead to dangerous and costly infections within the hospital.

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SOURCE: Environment of Care Leader


Infection prevention campaign solicits patient participation

December 18, 2013

How would hospitalists feel if patients or families asked them to wash their hands when they entered the hospital room? In this article, APIC's new "Infection Prevention and You," campaign is described to the hospitalist audience and includes a quote from APIC member Carol McLay about the value of patient empowerment. 


SOURCE: The Hospitalist


Why You Need to Ask Doctors if they’ve Washed their Hands

October 25, 2013

Strict hand hygiene is the gold standard for reducing infections associated with health care-associated infections (HAIs), experts say. And when doctors, nurses and health care workers fall short, it’s important for patients to feel confident enough to speak up. The article quotes APIC member Carol McLay discussing the "Infection Prevention and You" campaign.


SOURCE: Fox Business News


Why Hospitals Want Patients to Ask Doctors, 'Have You Washed Your Hands?

September 30, 2013

Hospitals are encouraging patients to be more assertive, amid growing concern about infections that are resistant to antibiotics. In this article by Laura Landro, APIC's "Infection Prevention and You" campaign is profiled as one effort that is focusing on how patients can play an active role. APIC member Carol McLay is quoted about the new effort.


SOURCE: Wall Street Journal


Superbug poses danger in hospitals

July 5, 2013

One of the most dangerous threats inside hospitals today is a superbug called CRE, a bacteria resistant to antibiotics. APIC arranged for CBS News to interview experts at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL. APIC's newly released state CRE reporting map was also featured in the segment.


SOURCE: CBS Evening News


Required Flu Shots No Sting for Hospital Workers

JUNE 8, 2013

Forcing hospital workers to be vaccinated for the flu as a condition of employment is not a prescription for losing employees, according to a new study that found nearly 100 percent compliance with such a program at a Chicago-area hospital. The study was presented at APIC's 40th Annual Conference June 8-10 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.




You won't believe what they found on colonoscopy instruments

JUNE 12, 2013

It’s hard enough convincing people to have a colonoscopy because of the laxative and liquids-only prep regimen you need to undergo the day before. Now a study at five hospitals nationwide finds that three out of 20 endoscopes that are inserted in the rectum to examine the colon for cancer retained bits of “biological dirt” from past patients, putting people at risk for hepatitis and infection. The study was presented at APIC's 40th Annual Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL.




Prepregnancy diabetes linked to risk for postpartum MRSA

July 2, 2013

Risk for invasive, early postpartum methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) may be increased in women with prepregnancy, but not gestational, diabetes, according to a database study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.


SOURCE: Medscape


Study: Twitter Mostly Gets It Right on Vaccines

JUNE 11, 2013

Can Twitter help spread reliable information on health? Or is it a dangerously effective purveyor of misinformation, paranoia and balderdash? A study published by the American Journal of Infection Control provides some evidence that users of the micro-blogging service generally do a decent job when it comes to relaying information on vaccines. The study received attention from a broad range of media outlets.


SOURCE: Reporting on Health


Advocates seek funding for national network to track hospital infections

May 9, 2013

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology -- along with 29 other health care and patient safety organizations -- sent a letter asking Congress to allocate funding to support a CDC network for tracking health care-associated infections.


SOURCE: iHealthBeat


Nurse role in norovirus response

July 9, 2013

Carol McLay, DrPH, MPH, RN, CIC, chair of APIC's Communications Committee, is quoted in this article which explains how healthcare facilities can best protect patients from norovirus. Norovirus can spread quickly from person to person in closed environments and accounts for 90 percent of non-bacterial outbreaks of gastroenteritis around the world, according to the CDC. 


SOURCE: ADVANCE for Long-term Care Management


APIC Conference: Infection prevention in an era of emerging pandemics

July and August 2013

Hospital Infection Control and Prevention featured special coverage of the 2013 APIC Annual Conference, June 8-10, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Here is a two-part series that the publication ran on meeting highlights.


SOURCE: Hospital Infection Control and Prevention


How to prevent C. difficile infection: A new guide

May 24, 2013

A comprehensive new guidance document from APIC, "Guide to Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections (CDI)," aims to translate current science into best practices for implementation by teams of healthcare professionals with the goal of preventing CDI. Medscape interviewed APIC expert and lead author of the guide, Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, FSHEA, CIC for an in-depth look at CDI prevention.


SOURCE: Medscape


Bacteria Infection Risk May Be Higher for Pregnant Women With Diabetes

July 12, 2013

Pregnant women with diabetes are three times more likely to develop a potentially deadly hospital-acquired infection than those without diabetes, a new study finds. The study appears in the July issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.


SOURCE: HealthDay