Film festival uses humor and education to promote infection prevention

Nashville, Tenn., June 26, 2015—A video created for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), highlighting the key benefits of engaging patients in hemodialysis infection prevention activities, is the winner of the fifth annual Film Festival at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). 

The winning video, created for AHRQ by the Health Research & Educational Trust and titled “Patient Engagement in Infection Prevention,” explores the advantages of involving patients in infection prevention. The video highlights numerous steps that clinicians can take to involve patients and protect them from infection during hemodialysis. 

Other submissions to the Film Festival looked at various infection prevention practices. For example, one took a humorous look at the importance of hand hygiene with a reality-style show called Mr. Bachelor Sparkledigits, where contestants Wendy Wet-Yur-Hands, Lucy Lather, Sally Scrub, Rhonda Rinse, and Delores Dry-Em-Good teach viewers about good hand hygiene practices.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s One & Only Campaign created a new video urging healthcare providers to recognize the differences between single-dose and multi-dose vials to prevent the spread of infection.

A submission from Stanford HealthCare featured an original song “I Will Wash for You,” teaching the importance of hand hygiene to a catchy tune.  

“The Film Festival is a fun way to teach healthcare providers and the public about important aspects of infection prevention,” said APIC 2015 Annual Conference Chair Sally M. Hess, CIC, MPH, manager, Infection Prevention, University of Vermont Medical Center. “Each year I am inspired by the creativity and thoughtfulness put into these films. This year’s winner focused on ways to include patients in efforts to prevent the spread of infection, which is of the utmost importance.”

APIC Annual Conference attendees will have the chance to view all of the video submissions and vote for the APIC 2015 Film Festival People’s Choice Awards winner to be announced at the closing plenary session on June 29. 

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.

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 Follow APIC on Twitter: and Facebook: For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at  

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