APIC & AHE To Build Bridge Between Infection Preventionists & Environmental Services

July 25, 2011

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), search in collaboration with the Association for the Healthcare Environments (AHE), order along with a multi-disciplinary clinical advisory panel, is in the process of making important plans to improve “patient outcomes by building a bridge between infection preventionists and environmental services.”

As the leading provider of infection prevention education and resources, APIC has long recognized the need for a collaborative relationship between the infection preventionist and environmental services personnel. With the support of an unrestricted educational grant from Clorox, an APIC Strategic Partner, and the collaboration of leading experts in the field, APIC is working to assemble existing educational material, guidance and tools that will be provided at no cost to assist build strong relationships between these two stakeholders. APIC, our partners, and our panel of experts are united in the desire to make a measurable impact. We are committed to keeping this site current by regularly adding new, relevant content that supports the initiative.

Known as the IP-EVS project, the endeavor is a result of a round table event that took place at the 2011 APIC Annual Educational Conference.  The recorded proceedings of that round table event, as well as additional resources, will be made part of a comprehensive educational program available for free to all APIC and AHE members this winter.

The event included a distinguished panel of experts specifically chosen for the IP-EVS project.  The following experts participated:

  • Bill Rutala, MPH, PhD, Director of Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health & Safety Program, University of North Carolina Hospitals, CHapel Hill, NC (Lead Clinical Advisor).
  • Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, CIC, Associated Professor, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (Lead Clinical Advisor).
  • Kathy Roye-Horn, RN, CIC, Director of Infection Prevention, Hunterdon medical Center, Flemington, NJ.
  • Marita Nash, MBA, CHESP, Director of Environmental Services and Linen, Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, NJ.
  • Linda Dickey, RN, MPH, CIC, Director, Epidemiology & Infection Prevention, University of California, irvine Healthcare, CA.
  • David Weber, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology / Associate Chief of Staff, UNC Health Care / Medical Director, Hospital Epidemiology and Occupational Health / Co-Chair Biomedical IRB / Director, Regulatory Core, TraCS Institute / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.
To learn more about the initiative, contact Kathryn Hitchcock at khitchcock@apic.org or (202) 454-2639.

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