Infection Preventionists. (IPs) play a crucial role in keeping the public safe and healthy. In addition to fighting a global pandemic, the infection prevention and control community is protecting us from surges in healthcare-associated infections, measles outbreaks, flu season, and so many other day-to-day infectious battles.
International Infection Prevention Week, est. in 1986, by Ronald Reagan aims to shine a light on infection prevention every year during the third week of October. This event promotes safer healthcare practices and helps reduce the threat of hospital-associated infections, benefiting patients. Infections ranging from hospital-acquired to those found in homes or workplaces can compromise healthcare workers' efforts and have a detrimental impact on public health. Every year, secondary infections cause thousands of health concerns in hospitals. Global pandemics are also sparked by the rapid spread of infectious pathogens. The International Infection Prevention Week's goal is to learn more about infection prevention and how it will improve patient safety.
The Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), a non-profit professional organization, was established in 1972. Their mission is to prevent healthcare-associated infections, and the organization currently serves over 15,000 members in 48 countries. APIC organizes this event every year. In Illinois, it is mandatory for hospitals to appoint one or more individuals as Infection Prevention and Control personnel responsible for the surveillance, investigation, prevention, and control of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and other infectious diseases.
“My promise to Salem Township Hospital and this community is to prevent, control, and investigate infections and communicable diseases at all Salem Township Hospital facilities. I will perform active surveillance for both patients and staff which allows me to monitor and identify infectious risks. Implementation and evaluation will always be made using best practice standards. I commit to exceptional care with prevention strategies to eliminate hospital and surgical-acquired infections through education, training, and raising awareness of best practices for patient safety.”