The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has launched a consulting subsidiary to help providers combat infections in their facilities.
APIC Consulting Services will focus on developing programs to reduce multidrug-resistant organisms, contain outbreaks and prepare facilities for state and federal regulatory compliance and accreditation. The consulting arm will work with acute-, ambulatory- and long-term-care facilities, hospital systems, insurance companies and government organizations, APIC said in a news release. APIC Consulting Services is a for-profit subsidiary, a spokeswoman said.
Infection control has been the focus of a number of recent initiatives, including a compendium of strategies using evidence-based practices to prevent hospital-acquired infections developed in part by the Joint Commission and the American Hospital Association.
APIC said its consulting arm will use the associations library of infection-prevention resourcesdeveloped with input by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as infection-prevention practitionersincluding the evidence-based elimination guides for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium difficile and catheter-related bloodstream infections. (For more on infection-control efforts, please see Infection dejection.) -- by Jean DerGurahian