APIC underscores the top ways to protect patients during IIPW


Contact: Liz Garman

APIC underscores the top ways to protect patients

 during International Infection Prevention Week


Arlington, Va., Oct. 15, 2018 – Approximately 1 in 25 people are diagnosed with healthcare-associated infections each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is putting the spotlight on the importance of infection prevention and actions the healthcare community can take to improve patient safety.


 The 2018 theme of International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which takes place October 14-20, is Protecting Patients Everywhere. Healthcare professionals from all settings and levels play an important role in protecting patients.

“Preventing infection is our number one goal, whether care is delivered in a hospital, an outpatient clinic, or long-term care facility,” said 2018 APIC President Janet Haas, PhD, RN, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC. “It is critical that all healthcare professionals—not just infection preventionists—understand their role  in keeping patients safe from infection.”

New this year, APIC has developed an infographic highlighting 10 ways to protect patients and reminds healthcare professionals, patients, and families that keeping patients safe from infection is everyone’s responsibility. Instructions like “stay home if you’re sick,” and “use safe injection practices,” remind healthcare workers that every action they take can have an impact on a patient’s health.


“Patient safety is a clear priority for infection preventionists and healthcare professionals, and that is why we chose to focus on this issue during IIPW,” said Katrina Crist, MBA, CAE, CEO of APIC. “We are grateful to the numerous industry champions and association partners who have joined with APIC to spread these important patient safety messages.”


APIC is hosting a Twitter chat on Tuesday, October 16 at 12 PM ET. The conversation will discuss the important roles that patients, families, and healthcare professionals play in infection prevention and patient safety. Join the conversation using the hashtag #IIPWChat.


Access APIC’s resources for patients and healthcare professionals to help further education and awareness of infection prevention and antibiotic resistance.




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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