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Professional Development

Infection preventionists from all areas of the healthcare institution need regular, ongoing instruction relating to their professional development so that they can be effective instructors to healthcare providers on the principles and practices of infection prevention and control. Training-the- trainer educational opportunities take the form of courses, Webinars and virtual conferences.

  • Reliable Design of IP Programs
    Currently there is no published guideline or community standard for the way in which infection preventionists (IPs) should spend their time each day in hospitals and ambulatory-based settings. The Infrastructure Report and the APIC IP Competency Model both help to address ...More
    September 11, 2015 Posted in Articles
  • Science, Technology and Infection Prevention: How Innovation Will Change the IP Role
    Science and technology are well recognized and important drivers of change. Likewise the escalating pace of scientific advancement in healthcare has contributed significantly, especially during the 20th century, to increased longevity and quality of life. Both acute and ...More
    September 6, 2015 Posted in Articles
  • The Infection Control Nurse: Approaching the End of an Era
    Modern infection control, which is based on the scientific work of 19th century scientists such as Pasteur, Lister and Koch, was organized as a specialty for non-physician practitioners almost a century later. Hospital based infection control emerged as a distinct specialty ...More
    August 31, 2015 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Prevention Role Stress: A New Look at the Underlying Causes Within the Profession
    The need for infection prevention, as a multidisciplinary function, is a longstanding and widely acknowledged component of safe healthcare. Accreditation and regulatory standards specify that this function must be an organized program coordinated by an individual qualified ...More
    August 4, 2015 Posted in Articles
  • Spanning Boundaries in Infection Control
    In the Oxford Dictionary “boundary” is defined as “a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line; a limit of a sphere of activity.” “Spanning” is defined as “extend across.” I’m sure we would all agree that ...More
    August 4, 2015 Posted in Articles
  • Film Festival Uses Humor and Education to Promote Infection Prevention
    A video created for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality(AHRQ) highlighting the key benefits of engaging patients in hemodialysis infection prevention activities is the winner of the fifth annual Film Festival at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association ...More
    June 26, 2015 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Hospital Infection Preventionists May Spend More Time Collecting Data than Protecting Patients
    Collecting and reporting hospital infection data to federal health agencies takes more than five hours each day, at the expense of time needed to ensure that frontline healthcare personnel are adhering to basic infection prevention practices such as hand hygiene, ...More
    June 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Tomorrow: A Celebration of the Profession
    This special digital issue continues the celebration of the infection prevention profession that began with the Infection Control Tomorrow Digital Summit, held April 29-30, 2015. It provides infection prevention experts' perspectives on key issues facing the field, and ...More
    May 27, 2015 Posted in Digital Issues
  • Certification is Key in Preventing Infections, Advancing Careers
    On any given day approximately one in 25 patients contracts at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI) in a hospital or other healthcare setting. Lowering the incidence of HAI could potentially reduce a multitude of steep human and financial costs -- namely  ...More
    February 9, 2015 Posted in Articles