APIC & JCR release workbook to help healthcare professionals implement IPC programs
All chapters have been updated to meet Joint Commission requirements
Arlington, Va., March 13, 2017 – To meet the needs of the ever-changing field of infection prevention, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), in partnership with Joint Commission Resources (JCR), has released The APIC/JCR Infection Prevention and Control Workbook, Third Edition.
The APIC/JCR Workbook is designed to help infection preventionists (IPs) and their healthcare organizations implement evidence-based infection prevention and control (IPC) programs that can effectively reduce the risk of infection for patients, personnel, and visitors.
“This publication addresses infection prevention and control in healthcare settings of all types,” says Kathleen Arias, MS, MT(ASCP), SM(AAM), CIC, one of the lead authors along with Barbara Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC of JCR. “It provides tips, strategies, and tools for identifying and improving IPC practices.”
The workbook provides practical strategies for improving IPC practices, and discusses and clarifies Joint Commission IPC requirements. The workbook also offers a wealth of tools for organizations to assess and improve their IPC activities.
The APIC/JCR Workbook offers:
- Detailed explanations of Joint Commission standards and National Patient Safety Goal requirements for IPC in a variety of healthcare settings;
- New chapters on surveillance; cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization; and IPC challenges for ambulatory health care organizations; and
- A flash drive that contains tools, plans, and checklists that IPs can use and adapt for their organizations.
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.
ABOUT Joint Commission Resources, Inc.
Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a wholly controlled, nonprofit affiliate of The Joint Commission, is the official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. JCR is an expert resource for health care organizations, providing consulting services, educational services, and publications and software, to assist in improving safety and quality and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission. JCR provides consulting services independently from The Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner. Visit www.jcrinc.com for more information.
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