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It’s Infection Prevention Week

By on October 15th, 2012

This week, October 14–20, is International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), with health care professionals and advocates worldwide shining a light on how taking simple steps can help save lives through the prevention of infection. Under the tutelage of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) in the U.S., and the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association (CHICA) in Canada, the events and activities spread out over the course of the week are geared to raise awareness of the role that infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. Our friends at Unisource have signed on to be a Champion for IIPW. “Unisource supports APIC’s and CHICA’s goal to provide education to improve infection prevention practices in healthcare facilities throughout North America,” said Garrett Gerst, Senior Marketing Manager, Facility Supplies for Unisource Worldwide, in a company press release.

“We ask consumers to join with us. If you or a loved one is going into the hospital, remember: clean hands are essential to preventing infections. It is appropriate and acceptable to ask healthcare providers to clean their hands before touching you. Patients and visitors need to do the same. Infection prevention is everyone’s responsibility.”

  1. 2 Responses to “It’s Infection Prevention Week”

  2. By Andrew Gustyn on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    I couldn’t agree more about the importance of good hand hygiene. I presently have an 85 year old relative who was admitted to the hopsital with a broken hip.

    I was absolutely amazed at how little attention was payed to hand hygiene by the health care staff there (Doctors, Nurses, Dieticians, Rehab staff…etc). The relative developed a C. Diff infection, which resulted in them having to be assigned to an isolation room. Longer stay in the hospital, downstream impact and inevitably significantly more cost associated with the stay.

  3. By Howard on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    I had no idea Infection Prevention had it’s own week! It’s certainly something that needs to have attention brought to it, unlike National Bring your Teddy Bear to Work day.