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Washington, May 5, 2015 – Nearly 5,000 healthcare professionals focused on infection prevention will gather in Nashville, Tennessee June 27-29 for the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to discuss lessons learned from the Ebola crisis and measles outbreak, hear from leading experts, and share best practices to address emerging infection prevention and control issues.
The Opening Plenary, which takes place June 27 at 8 a.m. CT, will feature Michael Bell, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Philip Smith, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Russell N. Olmsted, MPH, CIC, Trinity Health; and Seema Yasmin, MD, University of Texas and The Dallas Morning News. The panelists will reflect on their Ebola experiences and relate strategies that can be applied moving forward to enhance preparedness for future threats.
The conference will close on June 29 at 4 p.m. CT with a discussion about the importance of storytelling and how these skills can be used to help spread the importance of preventing infections. Andy Goodman, co-founder and director of The Goodman Center, will provide advice on how infection preventionists can reach more people with greater impact through storytelling.
“Our goal is to equip infection preventionists to be change-makers within their institutions, to deliberately engage with others to create partnerships, alliances, and other forms of collaboration to tackle the tough infection prevention challenges we face,” said APIC 2015 President Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAAN, FNAP, associate professor at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing in Philadelphia. “The APIC Annual Conference brings together the expertise, the science, and the innovative thinking and technology that infection preventionists can employ to better protect patients and healthcare workers from infection.”
More than 100 educational sessions and workshops will be featured at the conference, including hot-topic sessions such as:
- Efforts to Build Infection Control Capacity in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone During the Ongoing Ebola Outbreak – Benjamin J. Park, MD, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Reprocessing Endoscopes in Ambulatory Care Settings: What, When, Why, and Where? – John E. Eiland, RN, BSN, MS, Ofstead & Associates, Inc.
- Vaccines Healthcare Personnel Should Be Receiving – William Schaffner, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
- Preventing the Next Hospital Outbreak of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) – Crystal Heishman, MSN, RN, CIC, ONC, University of Louisville Hospital
- Enterovirus D-68 – Susan A. Dolan, RN, MS, CIC, Children’s Hospital Colorado
- Collecting and Analyzing Data on an Android Device: A Hands on Experience Using Epi Info™ 7 Mobile – Miriam L. Gonzalez, MD, MS, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
APIC 2015 Annual Conference, June 27-29 in Nashville, Tennessee, is the most comprehensive infection prevention conference in the world, with more than 100 educational sessions and workshops led by infection prevention experts and attended by nearly 5,000 individuals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists, doctors, researchers, epidemiologists, educators, administrators, and medical technologists with tools and strategies that are easily adaptable and can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs. Join the conversation online with the hashtag #APIC2015.
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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