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News Releases

  • 10/18/2018

    APIC and CDC develop Quick Observation Tools to help prevent HAIs

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the availability of free, downloadable Quick Observation Tools (QUOTs) for infection control to help healthcare facilities quickly identify infection prevention deficiencies and take corrective action in real time to protect patients from healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

  • 10/15/2018

    APIC underscores the top ways to protect patients during IIPW

    Approximately 1 in 25 people are diagnosed with healthcare-associated infections each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is putting the spotlight on the importance of infection prevention and actions the healthcare community can take to improve patient safety.

  • 09/26/2018

    Hospital privacy curtains may harbor dangerous germs: New study

    Without timely intervention, privacy curtains in hospitals can become breeding grounds for resistant bacteria, posing a threat to patient safety, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 08/16/2018

    Patients with HAIs suffer social, emotional pain

    The consequences of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) reach well beyond patients’ physical health, souring social relationships, and leading some healthcare providers (HCP) to distance themselves from affected patients, according to a qualitative, systematic review published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 06/26/2018

    New studies illustrate need for rigorous review of infection preventionist staffing models across healthcare systems

    Severe gaps in staffing and outdated coverage benchmarks point to the critical need for evaluating and updating standards for infection preventionist (IP) staffing levels, according to two new studies that explored infection prevention and control resourcing across a variety of healthcare settings. The studies were published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 06/15/2018

    APIC honors its 2018 Heroes of Infection Prevention

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced the recipients of the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award, which honors infection preventionists who have successfully helped to reduce infection, raise awareness, and improve the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers, and the public.

  • 06/14/2018

    Read the APIC 2018 Press Releases and Newspapers

    Read all of the APIC 2018 Annual Conference press releases. 

  • 06/14/2018

    Parent cleansing paramount prior to skin-to-skin care

    Neonatal intensive care units increasingly encourage meaningful touch and skin-to-skin care – aka “kangaroo care” – between parents and premature babies to aid the babies’ development. But a Michigan children’s hospital practicing skin-to-skin care noticed an unwanted side effect in 2016 – a spike in Staphylococcus aureus (SA) infections among newborns.

  • 06/14/2018

    Markers, erasers, and germs, oh my!

    A thorough, terminal cleaning of hospital rooms between patients is essential for eliminating environmental contamination, and a checklist is a standard tool to guide the cleaning staff. But new research presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) offers an important reminder that the checklist is only as good as the list itself.

  • 06/14/2018

    Pre-delivery risk factors associated with C-section infections

    Having a prior cesarean section (C-section), smoking, illicit drug use, and obesity increase the likelihood of developing an infection during a C-section delivery, according to new research presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 06/13/2018

    APIC 2018 Film Festival winner demonstrates proper surgical attire to keep patients safe

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa as the winner of its eighth annual Film Festival competition, to be awarded during APIC’s 45th Annual Conference. The video entitled “KPSRO Surgical Attire,” emphasizes the importance of proper surgical dress.

  • 06/13/2018

    New study identifies gaps in infection prevention and control at critical access hospitals

    Critical access hospitals (CAHs) face significant challenges in their infection prevention and control (IPC) practices, according to new research presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). CAH is a designation given by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to rural hospitals with 25 beds or less that are located at least 35 miles away from other hospitals.

  • 06/13/2018

    New studies demonstrate effective infection control strategies for measles and mumps outbreaks

    The decline in vaccination rates across communities has led to the resurgence of diseases like measles and mumps, and recent outbreaks have demonstrated the importance of an integrated infection prevention response, according to new research presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 06/13/2018

    Nurses: The missing link in antimicrobial stewardship strategy

    Empowering nurses to participate in antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) is the missing link in strengthening hospital-wide antimicrobial stewardship and improving patient care, according to a new study presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 05/30/2018

    New York State legislature considers bill requiring certification

    The New York State legislature is moving to consider legislation that would require infection preventionists (IPs) to be certified in infection prevention and control in order to practice in New York hospitals.

  • 05/03/2018

    Save the Date for APIC 2018 Annual Conference

    Nearly 5,000 healthcare professionals focused on infection prevention will gather in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 13-15, for the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to learn about the latest science, technologies, and best practices for creating a safer world through prevention of infection.

  • 04/24/2018

    Leadership rounds foster culture that reduces healthcare-associated infections

    Senior executive meetings with frontline healthcare staff may contribute to patient safety by  elevating critical problems and encouraging open dialogue that can solve problems and sustain best practices for reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), according to a new study in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 03/26/2018

    Infection prevention and control programs are essential to antibiotic stewardship efforts

    With treatment costs for antibiotic-resistant infections estimated at $2billion annually, three leading infection control organizations call on healthcare leaders to prioritize infection prevention and control and antibiotic stewardship programs as essential components of patient safety. Read the joint APIC-SHEA-SIDP position paper below.

  • 02/14/2018

    Hand hygiene can lower mortality, antibiotic prescription rates in nursing homes

    Infection prevention practices centered on hand hygiene (HH) protocols can save lives across all healthcare facilities, not just hospital settings. This includes nursing homes, according to a new studypublished in the February issue of theAmerican Journal of Infection Control(AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 01/23/2018

    New patient guide on preventing HAIs