National Journal and APIC Host Summit on Best Practices in Infection Prevention

October 19, 2011

In honor of International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the National Journal LIVE are hosting a Policy Summit today (October 19, 2011) titled “Spreading Success: Encouraging Best Practices in Infection Prevention.”

Don Wright, MD, MPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Healthcare Quality at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be the keynote speaker.  He will focus on how government agencies are working to combat healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

A panel of experts¬†” will examine whether public attention, innovative tracking and monitoring programs, and financial incentives, such as value-based purchasing, can fuel continued improvement in combating these kinds of deadly infections.” Panel experts include:

    • Denise Cardo, MD, director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, director of Infection Prevention, Rochester General Health System
    • Manoj Jain, MD, MPH, medical director, Tennessee’s Quality Improvement Organization
    • Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, FACP, FACMI, president, Clinical and Physician Services Group & chief medical officer, Hospital Corporation of America
    • Jean Rexford, executive director, Connecticut Center for Patient Safety

Click here to read the press release about the Policy Summit.

A recording of the event will be available following the summit at

See related HAI Focus article: Next Week is International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW).

About IIPW

President Ronald Reagan, who proclaimed the third week of October as National Infection Control Week, established IIPW in the U.S. in 1986. IIPW aims to raise awareness about infection prevention and commemorates the work of healthcare professionals and administrators, legislators and consumers for their commitment to reducing infection worldwide. Since its creation, APIC has spearheaded the annual effort to recognize IIPW globally; it is now formally recognized in many areas around the world including the U.S., Australia, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

About APIC

APIC’s mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes. The association’s more than 14,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities around the globe. APIC advances its mission through education, research, collaboration, practice guidance, public policy and credentialing. Visit APIC online at . For consumer-related information, visit . Follow us on Twitter: . For IIPW, please use the Twitter hashtags: #IIPW2011 and #spreadsuccess.

SOURCE: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)

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