The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) welcomes the healthcare organizations and companies who have joined International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) as Partners and Champions. Their generous support is helping make IIPW a movement that will influence change and save lives. We invite others to support IIPW by learning and teaching others, collaborating on spreading the message of infection prevention, and sponsoring the week as a corporate Champion.
Creating an infection prevention movement and encouraging broad-scale engagement are the themes of IIPW (IIPW) 2012, which takes place October 14-20.
Spearheaded by APIC, IIPW provides a focal point for infection preventionists, healthcare professionals, consumers, organizations, and industry partners to shine a light on infection prevention and its power to save lives. Momentum begins in late August and culminates with daily activities during IIPW, October 14-20.
“IIPW asks everyone to imagine a safer world through infection prevention,” said Katrina Crist, APIC CEO. “We are seeking to galvanize an infection prevention movement at the grassroots level, and we invite everyone to join with us.”
APIC has launched a new website with resources and template materials, and a Facebook page to help hospitals and communities raise awareness and activate around IIPW. The website places special emphasis on the active role consumers can play and outlines three simple steps to engage patients in their care.
“Imagine a healthcare setting where everyone performs appropriate hand hygiene before and after touching a patient,” said Crist. “Imagine a community where every individual uses proper respiratory etiquette by coughing and sneezing into their elbow during cold season. Imagine the impact on a global level. That’s the movement we are creating and the changes that will save lives.”
As part of IIPW, local chapters are organizing educational events. Partners and corporate champions are also raising awareness. For more information on how to become involved, visit www.apic.org/iipw.
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. Follow APIC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apic.