APIC 2016 Film Festival winner chronicles HCP hands through a dirty day

APIC 2016 Film Festival winner chronicles HCP hands through a dirty day

Charlotte, N.C., June 10, 2016 – Have you ever wondered about all of the things healthcare personnel (HCP) hands might touch in a typical day? Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s video titled “Stop the Spread of Infection: It’s in Our Hands” chronicles all of the things HCP touch in one day from the perspective of various hands. It is the winner of the sixth annual Film Festival at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

As a part of Wake Forest Baptist’s larger hand hygiene campaign, the winning video was used to illustrate how easily germs are spread by hands.

“Seeing hand hygiene from a hand’s perspective was a unique take on a topic that is vital to preventing the spread of infection,” said APIC 2016 Annual Conference Chair Debra Johnson, RN, BSN, CIC. “In a given day we may not think about all of the different—and often unclean—items our hands come in contact with. Wake Forest Baptist’s winning video is a great addition to the Film Festival winner’s circle and is a useful tool to drive home the importance of hand hygiene.”

The winner was chosen by a panel of expert judges for its creativity, originality, general appeal and interest to the infection prevention community, and its educational message.

Many of the other Film Festival submissions used humor and music to further their message. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center parodied Taylor Swift in its “BIDMC’s Flu Fighters Shake It Off” video that highlights aspects of flu prevention. Infection prevention team members at Children’s Hospital Colorado parodied Silento’s, “Watch Me,” in its “Wash Me” video to educate patients and families on how and why hand hygiene is important.

View all of the video submissions and vote online for the APIC 2016 Film Festival People’s Choice Awards winner, which will be presented at the closing plenary session on Monday, June 13.  

APIC 2016 Annual Conference, June 11-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the most comprehensive infection prevention conference in the world, with more than 60 educational sessions and workshops led by experts from across the globe and attended by nearly 4,000 professionals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists, physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, educators, administrators, and medical technologists with strategies that can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs and make healthcare safer. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #APIC2016.

About APIC
APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 15,000 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. Visit APIC online at www.apic.org. Follow APIC on Twitter: www.twitter.com/apic and Facebook: www.facebook.com/APICInfectionPreventionandYou. For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou. 

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