Infection Prevention Awareness: Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC.org)
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 25 hospitalized patients get healthcare-associated infections each year in the United States. Not only does this cost the healthcare system billions in excess costs, but it also results in the deaths of 75,000 patients each year.
Preventing infection is our number one goal, whether care is delivered in a hospital, an outpatient clinic, or long-term care facility. Patients, families, and healthcare personnel all play an important role in influencing a patient’s health.
Keeping your hands clean is the number one way to prevent the spread of infection. Clean your hands after using the bathroom; sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing; before eating; when visiting someone who is sick; or whenever your hands are dirty.
To highlight the importance of infection prevention and raise awareness of everyone’s role in protecting the public, International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), has been designated by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) as October 14-20 of 2018.
APIC wants to engage the community around this important topic and therefore will be hosting several events to outline the ways in which healthcare professionals from all settings and levels, patients, families, and healthcare providers can all work together to keep everyone safe.
Each of us—patients, families, and healthcare personnel -— has an important role to play in keeping patients safe from infection. First and foremost, know the basics of infection prevention. Whether you’re in a healthcare facility or in the community, there are things healthcare professionals, patients, and family members alike can do to stay safe from infections.
Remember: Hand hygiene is key. Do your part!