APIC issues call for Heroes of Infection Prevention

Program expands to promote best practices through research scholarship

Washington, February 3, 2012 – Twelve infection preventionists who have improved the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers, and the public will be honored as Heroes of Infection Prevention by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Since 2006, when the Heroes of Infection Prevention program was introduced, APIC has recognized more than 80 members and groups for their exceptional work in the infection prevention field.

In addition to recognizing the outstanding work of 12 infection preventionists, APIC will select a Heroes Implementation Research Scholar to identify the five most successful infection prevention programs of the last six years. The scholar will visit the selected facilities, interview staff, summarize findings, and share these success stories with the broader U.S. and international healthcare community.

“Our goal is to improve patient outcomes by advocating for the adoption of best practices in infection prevention,” said Michelle Farber, RN, CIC, APIC 2012 president. “This year’s initiative provides the opportunity to highlight outstanding work by infection preventionists who have been recognized for their dedication to patient safety so that best practices can be replicated in more healthcare settings.”

The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2012. Visit APIC’s new website for more information and nomination forms.

The 2012-2013 Heroes program is supported by a grant from Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD).

APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 14,000 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. Follow APIC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apic.