‘Break the Chain of Infection’ during IIPW

Contact: Liz Garman

‘Break the Chain of Infection’ during International Infection Prevention Week

October 14, 2016, Arlington, Va. – To raise awareness about the importance of infection prevention, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is leading the annual observance of International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 16-22, with a series of online events and resources for consumers and healthcare professionals highlighting ways to break the chain of infection.

Healthcare-associated infections are linked to an estimated 75,000 deaths and lead to approximately $33 billion in excess medical costs in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

IIPW is an annual awareness campaign to stimulate interest in and highlight the importance of infection prevention. The 2016 theme, Break the Chain of Infection, was chosen to illustrate ways in which the public and healthcare professionals can interrupt the chain of infection in healthcare settings and in the community.

APIC developed a new infographic poster for healthcare audiences to illustrate the six points at which the chain of infection can be broken and germs can be stopped from infecting a person. Similar information is presented for consumer audiences, stressing the importance of speaking up for one’s care, hand hygiene, and asking questions about medications.

“We are proud to lead this awareness effort and elevate the conversation about ways both healthcare professionals and consumers play a significant part in infection prevention,” said APIC CEO Katrina Crist, MBA, CAE. “With support from numerous health organizations and industry partners, we are able to expand the reach of these important patient safety messages.”

APIC invites the public to participate in the following events during IIPW:

  • On Monday, October 17 at 2 p.m. ET APIC will host a Twitter chat with the American Hospital Association using #IIPWChat to discuss how healthcare providers, patients, and families can break the chain of infection in hospitals and other healthcare settings.
  • On Tuesday, October 18 at 10 am ET CDC is offering a webinar on infection prevention and control in international healthcare settings featuring Dr. Benjamin Parks. APIC president-elect Linda Greene will introduce the webinar.
  • On Wednesday, October 19 at 12 p.m. ET, APIC’s Break the Chain of Infection Thunderclap campaign goes viral. Donate a Tweet or Facebook post to stop the spread of germs and ensure that the Break the Chain message reaches as many people as possible.

For more information on ways to get involved in IIPW, including links to infection prevention pledges, polls, and template materials, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website:  www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou.

About APIC
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: http://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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