Celebrate Infection Preventionists During International Infection Prevention Week

Posted on October 16, 2020

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), established in 1986 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), shines a light on infection prevention annually. This year, IIPW is celebrated Oct. 18 through 24.

Infection prevention and control has always been an important part of public health and safety. But as the global fight against COVID-19 continues, the world’s communities are reminded just how important infection preventionists are in keeping communities safe. That is why this year’s IIPW theme is We Love Our IPs.

The MHA Keystone Center has a long history of partnering with hospitals to confront infection, collaborating with other states and national coalitions to ensure hospital-acquired infection becomes a rare occurrence. The hospital associations in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin partnered to form the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (GLPP HIIN). Alongside the associations’ members, the GLPP HIIN recently completed its work and made significant strides in the fight against infection. The MHA Keystone Center continues these efforts and joins members as they combat the pandemic.

Providers can celebrate IIPW in several ways:

  • Sharing the APIC’s COVID-19 factsheets with patients and families.
  • Printing and distributing copies of the APIC’s vaccine-related infographics.
  • Participating in the @APIC Twitter chat (#IIPWChat) at noon Oct. 20.
  • Expressing gratitude to an infection preventionist for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Visiting the MHA Community site for additional resources and post infection prevention-related questions.

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Tags: MHA Keystone Center, infection prevention, IIPW

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