Cutting-edge science to be presented at APIC 40th Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale

‘Infection prevention through the decades’ is conference theme

More than 4,600 attendees will gather June 8-10 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for the 40th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to share and present leading-edge science on the prevention of infection.  

To commemorate 40 years of advancement, the opening plenary session will highlight milestones in infection prevention over the past four decades. Twelve distinguished speakers from universities, hospitals, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will discuss the moments that defined the profession and the breakthroughs that have improved outcomes and saved lives. 

APIC Annual Conference attendees will hear a closing keynote address from Nathan Wolfe, founder of the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative. Wolfe, who was named one of TIME’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2011 and a frequent speaker at TED conferences, will address attendees on the topic of viral forecasting for pandemic prevention.  

The conference will feature more than 90 educational sessions and workshops led by infection prevention experts. CDC professionals will lead seven workshops on the National Healthcare Safety Network, the CDC’s infection tracking system. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists with tools and strategies that are easily adaptable and can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs.

“We are excited to offer such a robust educational program at this year’s conference,” said APIC 2013 President Patti Grant, RN, BSN, MS, Methodist Hospital for Surgery, Carrolton, Texas. “The meeting will enable infection preventionists to reflect upon how far we have come and how we can continue to improve patient safety moving forward.”

In its third year, the APIC Film Festival will feature videos sharing best practices in infection prevention. 

Additional highlights of the conference include:

  • Control strategies for CRE – Brian Currie, MD, MPH, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Implementing a mandatory influenza vaccination program in a university-affiliated teaching hospital – Jorge P. Parada, MD, MPH, Loyola University Chicago
  • Reduction in C-section surgical site infections (SSI) achieved through surgical instrument repair – Elizabeth S. Stutler, MPH, CIC, Northwest Community Hospital
  • Initiatives engaging nursing homes in C. difficile prevention: local, state and national perspectives – Nimalie Stone, MD, MS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Designing infection prevention into the healthcare environment – Janet Haas, DNSc, RN, CIC, Westchester Medical Center
  • Public reporting consumer perspective – Lisa McGiffert, Consumers Union
  • Bridging sciences: infection prevention and patient safety – Elizabeth Monsees, RN, MSN, MBA, CIC, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
  • Implementation science: getting the science to the bedside – Denise M. Murphy, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC, Main Line Health System

To register as press, visit the APIC 2013 registration page, and select “PRESS.” Registration materials are provided onsite, and members of the press are asked to first check in at the Annual Conference registration desk to receive their badges. APIC will be using the Twitter hashtag #APIC2013 for the meeting. 

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. Visit APIC online at www.apic.org. Follow APIC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apic

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