APIC Offers Basics of IPC Course for Industry

Arlington, Va., October 22, 2019 – The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has launched an effort to educate industry partners in infection prevention and control (IPC). One of the first such trainings was held in partnership with BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), an APIC Strategic Partner, at its facility in Vernon Hills, Ill.

The course, Basics of Infection Prevention and Control, offers a forum for non-clinicians to learn more about the important role of infection preventionists (IPs) in securing patient safety and monitoring the health of their communities. This highly interactive, two-day workshop features instruction on the challenges IPs face in their daily routine so companies and healthcare organizations might learn how best to meet their needs. The course covers risk assessment, the life cycle of products and services, and how to collaborate with IPs in making a business case for promising new resources.

IPs are experts in identifying sources of healthcare-associated infections and both stopping and limiting their transmission in healthcare facilities.

The workshop was taught by two certified IPs with more than 35 years of experience: Connie Cutler, RN, BSN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC, and Karen Trimberger, RN, MPH, NE-BC, CIC.

“Trainings like these present a valuable opportunity to demonstrate how important infection prevention and control is in all industries, not just healthcare,” said Carlos Fulcher, Executive Vice-President of APIC. “There are things that we can do, whether we work in healthcare, food services, facilities management, or IT, that can support the efforts of IPs and promote a healthier environment. Helping others understand the role of IPs is the first step.”

“We’re excited that APIC invited BD to serve as one of the first companies to benefit from this training and look forward to applying what we learned to Research and Development in support of IPs,” said Riz Farooqui, Director of Marketing, Infection Prevention, at BD. “At BD, we are focused on advancing the world of health, and this course helped us get laser-focused on understanding the needs of infection prevention and control.” 

Based on the success of this training, APIC looks forward to partnering with more companies and organizations to host the workshop and work toward a common goal of controlling and preventing healthcare-associated infections.

For more information about APIC’s education and training programs, please visit the APIC website.

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is creating a safer world through the prevention of infection. APIC’s nearly 16,000 members develop and direct infection prevention and control programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, education, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Visit us at apic.org. To learn more about the APIC Strategic Partner Program, visit https://apic.org/partners/strategic-partners/.