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International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), being held Oct. 16-22, 2006, is an annual event that shines the spotlight on educating healthcare workers, healthcare administrators, legislators, and consumers about the importance of reducing the risk of infections.
Held the third week of October each year, International Infection Prevention Week is an opportunity to spread the word about infection prevention through interactive contests, giveaways and information sessions. This years theme is "Infection Prevention: It's in Your Hands."
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the third week in October as National Infection Control Week and called all federal, state, and local government agencies, health organizations, communications, media, and people to take part in educational activities and programs during this designated week. Since its creation, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has continued the tradition of recognizing International Infection Prevention Week. Each year, APIC offers a free online toolkit of useful materials and ideas. In recent years, APIC has collaborated with a corporate sponsor to bring Infection Prevention and Control Professionals (ICPs) a series of educational pamphlets on a variety of important and timely topics.
APIC members use International Infection Prevention Week through a variety of opportunities through seminars, brochures, press and media outlets, public officials and consumers. This year, APIC is focusing on several issues making an impact on more than just the healthcare industry. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridum difficile (C.Diff), Pandemic Preparedness, and influenza vaccinations are all subjects communities and healthcare facilities have all eyes focused on. ICPs will prepare their facilities and communities on the upcoming influenza season, precautions to be taken, methods to reduce MRSA, and making sure plans are set in place for a pandemic outbreak.
APIC is requesting a Congressional Resolution proclaiming the week of October 16-22, 2006 as International Infection Prevention Week. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have been contacted to proclaim International Infection Prevention Week. Having a national proclamation will allow ICPs the much deserved recognition and assistance in providing timely and useful information for healthcare workers and consumers.
To learn how others are celebrating International Infection Prevention Week, click HERE.