Film Festival to Debut at APIC Annual Meeting

Nearly 40 original infection prevention videos will be previewed during the 38th Annual Educational Conference and International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The meeting, which is the largest annual gathering of infection preventionists from around the world, will take place June 27-29, 2011 in Baltimore.

The video submissions offer compelling messages about the impact of healthcare-associated infections and the role of healthcare personnel in protecting patients. Received from APICs infection preventionst members in the U.S. and around the globe, the films use music, drama, dance, humor, animation and numerous references to popular culture to promote adherence to best practices that save lives and improve healthcare quality.

The winning entries will be highlighted during the opening plenary session on Monday, June 27. Attendees will have the opportunity to view all entries and vote for the Peoples Choice award, to be presented at the closing plenary.

"We are excited to host APICs inaugural Film Festival at this years conference," says Vickie Brown, RN, MPH, CIC, APIC 2011 Annual Conference chair. "Whether the tone is serious or light-hearted, set in the hospital, or on the beach, the videos engage audiences to take infection prevention seriously. We hope our colleagues will enjoy the films and will be inspired to create their own video to submit to next years film festival."

For additional information about the 2011 APIC Film Festival, review the Frequently Asked Questions; to view the submissions, visit APICs YouTube page.

The 2011 APIC Annual Conference features more than 60 educational sessions focusing on a wide range of infection control topics, from management of multi-drug resistant organisms, to standardization of clinical processes, to legislation and public policy issues impacting the profession. The meeting is designed to help attendees translate the latest science into practical strategies for the reduction of healthcare-associated infections. To register as press, visit the APIC 2011 registration page, and register as a non-member; enter "PR11" under registration code. The Twitter hashtag #APIC2011 will be used for the meeting.