Infection Prevention Week 2022 - Preparing to Make an Impact
According to their website, APIC’s mission is to “advance the science and practice of infection prevention and control.” Some of the ways APIC works toward this goal is by researching and interpreting data of infection trends, collaborating with public health agencies, establishing best infection control practices, sharing educational material for healthcare professionals and the public, and more.
As society has learned in the past few years due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, IPs are constantly researching and planning to help keep our communities safe from infection. This includes supporting the effort against outbreaks of monkeypox, measles, and hepatitis.1
On APIC’s website, the organization provides a detailed historical timeline of the last 50 years in infection control. It prefaces, “Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) were becoming an increasing concern in the 1950s and 1960s with staphylococcal outbreaks reported frequently during this period.”2 This outbreak caused enough concern for the U.K. and then the U.S. to implement a nursing specialty focused on infection control. Then during the late 1960s, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began offering infection prevention courses for nurses, which ultimately sparked the need for an organization such as APIC and the critical role of the Infection Control Nurse.
To view the full historical timeline, click here. APIC’s website also features past APIC presidents, historic slideshows and 50th anniversary videos.
Olympus Corporation of the Americas is a proud member of the APIC Strategic Partner Program. To view Olympus’ newly launched Infection Prevention website, click here and learn how we can be focused on infection prevention, together. For ways you can support IIPW 2022, click here for corporate sponsorship opportunities.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDC Current Outbreak List. 2022.
2. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), 50th Anniversary Timeline. Accessed September 2022.
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HAI Data. 2018.