The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology are asking providers across the globe to recognize this week as International Infection Prevention Week.
The 22nd annual infection prevention week aims to bring attention to infection control worldwide and educate providers and patients about the need for prevention. APIC on Wednesday will host an expert roundtableincluding speakers from Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Tennessee Department of Healthto discuss strategies for reducing infection and improving healthcare.
Infection control remains a key topic in the healthcare industry, with national focus tightening on specific hospital-acquired infections. APICs roundtable will address two of those HAIsventilator-associated pneumonia and central line-associated bloodstream infectionsas well as the two organisms most known for causing infectionsmethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile.
APIC is urging Congress and all the states to issue proclamations recognizing the third week of October as infection prevention week. APIC has commemorated this week since 1986, when then-President Ronald Reagan first announced it as National Infection Control Week. To date, 24 states have thrown their support behind the national effort, according to APIC. -- by Jean DerGurahian