Cynthia Barnard, PhD, MBA, MSJS, 2018 recipient of the APIC Healthcare Administrator Award and vice president of quality at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Chicago, wrote a guest column for AHA Today on the importance of leadership support for infection prevention and control programs. This initiative is part of APIC’s strategy to reach the C-suite with messages about the importance of infection preventionists and the value they provide to healthcare organizations. Read Dr. Barnard’s article.
Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, CIC, FAAN, FAPIC, will retire as editor of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) effective December 31, 2019. Larson has served as editor of APIC’s peer-review journal since 1995.
APIC’s EPI® Intensive training course covers fundamental IPC practices for healthcare professionals. Learn evidence-based best practices to develop an effective IPC program at your facility. Specialized training is available through APIC’s ASC Intensive for those who work in an ambulatory surgery care practice setting.
During this season of gratitude, we wanted to take a moment to thank APIC members for their dedication and commitment to preventing infections and making healthcare safer. Read a letter from APIC 2018 President Janet Haas and APIC CEO Katrina Crist with highlights of 2018 and a preview of 2019.
You might have heard recently in the news about a polio-like illness that is cropping up across the United States. This illness is called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). To date, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 219 reports of possible cases with 80 cases of AFM confirmed.
APIC has launched its Certification: The Defining Difference campaign. This state-based legislative effort encourages new infection preventionists (IPs) to become certified in infection control. APIC is in the process of promoting this legislation in state legislatures. Learn more.
APIC recently introduced a new recruitment video that can be used by anyone to introduce students, interns, staff, and administrators to the infection preventionist role.
We encourage you to share this in your organization and community and to let us know how you are using it to raise awareness about the role of the IP.
The video is available on our YouTube channel and also by clicking the link below:
A special thanks to the University of Maryland Medical Center IPC team for their invaluable assistance in the production and filming of this video!
APIC’s Annual Business Meeting is being held on Thursday, November 1 at 5 PM (ET). We’ve moved this meeting to a virtual format to allow more APIC members to participate. All APIC members are eligible to participate in the business meeting. Questions regarding the meeting should be directed to Barbara Long, senior director for governance and executive affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register now and access the meeting materials.
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International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is finally here! Are you ready to celebrate all the hard work you have put in this year?The 2018 IIPW theme is Protecting Patients Everywhere, and APIC has planned activities to celebrate this important public awareness initiative. Follow APIC on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date content.