International Infection Prevention Week Marks 25th Anniversary

“Infection Prevention is Everyone’s Business” is International Theme

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Infection preventionists, policy makers, patient safety advocates, healthcare professionals, administrators and consumers will join the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), in collaboration with its global partners, in commemorating International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 16-22.

This year marks the silver anniversary for the event, first established in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.

IIPW highlights the infection prevention profession and its partnerships with other healthcare stakeholders. Nearly 30 associations and societies and half of all U.S. states have signed on to support IIPW, broadening the reach and scope of this event, under the theme of “infection prevention is everyone’s business.”

“As we mark the 25th anniversary of IIPW, we celebrate the substantial progress that has been made in preventing certain healthcare-associated infections, which have been identified as a Winnable Battle by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said APIC 2011 President Russell Olmsted, MPH, CIC. “But we have a long way to go to attain our ultimate objective of eliminating preventable infections. We believe that the added focus on these issues during IIPW will help us to sustain and accelerate progress toward this objective.”

“We are proud to partner with APIC on IIPW and are pleased to see how awareness of this event is growing around the world,” added Debra Rectenwald, president and general manager of 3M Infection Prevention, the Signature Sponsor of IIPW. “As the reach of IIPW expands, more patients will benefit from better healthcare practices, saving lives, improving quality and reducing healthcare costs.”

The 2011 commemoration features a policy summit on October 19 in Washington, DC hosted by APIC and the National Journal. The summit, which will be webcast live and archived, will feature a panel discussion with policy experts focusing on the resources necessary to eliminate preventable infections, how healthcare reform efforts can improve outcomes for patients, and the important role of infection preventionists.

APIC will also offer a series of webinars for health professionals on current infection prevention topics. The keynote webinar on October 17 will feature the presidents of APIC and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) discussing a partnership paradigm for the future of infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology. To register, email [email protected].

APIC’s 2011 IIPW program is made possible with support from the Signature Sponsor, 3M Health Care, in the form of an unrestricted educational grant.

About healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that at any given time, about one in every 20 patients develop an infection related to their hospital care. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), HAIs represent the most frequent adverse event in healthcare.

About IIPW

President Ronald Reagan, who proclaimed the third week of October as National Infection Control Week, established IIPW in the U.S. in 1986. IIPW aims to raise awareness about infection prevention and commemorates the work of healthcare professionals and administrators, legislators and consumers for their commitment to reducing infection worldwide. Since its creation, APIC has spearheaded the annual effort to recognize IIPW globally; it is now formally recognized in many areas around the world including the U.S., Australia, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

About APIC

APIC’s mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes. 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 around the globe. APIC advances its mission through education, research, collaboration, practice guidance, public policy and credentialing. Visit APIC online at For consumer-related information, visit Follow us on Twitter: For IIPW, please use the Twitter hashtags: #IIPW2011 and #spreadsuccess.


Liz Garman, 202-454-2604
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