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News Releases

  • 10/24/2014

    Ebola preparedness survey: Media materials

    Ebola preparedness survey: Media materials

  • 10/23/2014

    Ebola resources from APIC

  • 10/16/2014

    Statement on Ebola

    Statement attributable to Katrina Crist, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, APIC

  • 10/07/2014

    APIC teaches the ABC’s of antibiotic resistance

    Antibiotic resistance, responsible for more than 23,000 deaths per year in the U.S., is the theme of International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 19-25.

  • 09/29/2014

    ‘Deadly diarrhea’ rates nearly doubled in 10 years: study

    Infections with the intestinal superbug C. difficile nearly doubled from 2001 to 2010 in U.S. hospitals without noticeable improvement in patient mortality rates or hospital lengths of stay, according to a study of 2.2 million C. difficile infection (CDI) cases published in the October issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 09/09/2014

    Increase in enterovirus D68 pediatric cases reported in Midwest

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that hospitals in Missouri and Illinois are seeing an increased number of children with the severe respiratory illness enterovirus D68. Other states are also investigating clusters of children with severe respiratory symptoms that may be caused by enterovirus D68.

  • 09/03/2014

    New paper calls for more infection control surveillance, standardization in the emergency department

    When researchers searched the literature to determine adherence rates for various infection prevention protocols in the emergency department (ED), they discovered both a dearth of studies reporting ED practices and a lack of standardization that rendered some studies incomparable, according to a literature review published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 07/28/2014

    Fist bumping beats germ-spreading handshake, study reports

    “Fist bumping” transmits significantly fewer bacteria than either handshaking or high-fiving, while still addressing the cultural expectation of hand-to-hand contact between patients and clinicians, according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 07/11/2014

    Recreational water illnesses

    Summer is here, so now is the time to get out and enjoy the weather and get into the water. But don’t let all that beautiful blue water fool you; it can be contaminated with many germs that can cause recreational water illnesses (RWI). The July 2014 consumer alert focuses on RWI and how to stay safe from infection while lounging at the pool or on the beach. 

  • 06/30/2014

    Study finds low hand hygiene compliance rates during anesthesia administration

    Anesthesia providers are missing opportunities to clean their hands during surgical procedures, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 06/30/2014

    Measles: What you should know

    Because measles has recently made a comeback in the U.S., APIC's Communications Committee has created a fact sheet on the disease for consumers.

  • 06/20/2014

    New patient backgrounder on Hepatitis A

    Traveling this summer? Pack more than just your clothes—Pack a vaccination!! 

    This month's consumer alert focuses on Hepatitis A, a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. It is usually a mild illness, but in some instances, it can cause severe liver damage. A person can get Hepatitis A by ingesting food or drink contaminated with fecal matter, or by coming in contact with an object that was contaminated with feces (stool) from a person who has Hepatitis A. 

    This month's consumer alert was developed by APIC Communications Committee member, Cindy Kohan, MT(ASCP), MS, CIC.

    Read the article to learn more. 

  • 06/18/2014

    Hospital Infection Control and Prevention coverage of APIC 2014

    The July issue of Hospital Infection Control and Prevention features news from APIC 2014 in Anaheim. APIC members are able to read the entire issue, courtesy of HIC.

  • 06/09/2014

    Chief Medical Officer from Wisconsin awarded APIC’s Healthcare Administrator Award

    Mark Kehrberg, MD, MS, Chief Medical Officer of Ministry Health Care and Affinity Health System in Menasha, Wisconsin, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Healthcare Administrator Award, presented by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 06/09/2014

    APIC honors its 2014 Heroes of Infection Prevention

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced six recipients of the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award, which honors infection preventionists who have successfully reduced infection, raised awareness, and improved the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers, and the public.

  • 06/07/2014

    Virginia infection preventionist awarded highest honor for her dedication and contribution to the profession

    Judith English, PhD, RN, CIC, of Falls Church, Virginia, will be honored with the prestigious 2014 Carole DeMille Achievement Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 06/06/2014

    Hand hygiene pledge video wins APIC 2014 Film Festival

    Anaheim, Calif., June 6, 2014 – A video emphasizing the importance of proper hand hygiene is the winner of the fourth annual Film Festival at the 41st Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The winning video, created by Norton Healthcare and entitled, “Today, I Vow,” features healthcare professionals pledging to practice proper hand hygiene in all aspects of their day. 

  • 06/05/2014

    Bloodstream infections reduced through better central line care at three hospitals

    Anaheim, Calif., June 5, 2014 – Whether through the use of alcohol-containing caps or basic cleaning of the injection port of the central line, infection preventionists at three hospitals are finding successful ways to stop germs from entering central line catheters and causing bloodstream infections in patients.

    A trio of abstracts, to be presented on June 7 at the 41st Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), addresses the challenge of keeping bacteria from entering the bloodstream through a central line, a catheter placed in a large vein to deliver medicine and fluids during hospitalization. 

  • 06/04/2014

    Study: When hospital workers get vaccines, community flu rates fall

    Anaheim, Calif., June 4, 2014 – For every 15 healthcare providers who receive the influenza vaccination, one fewer person in the community will contract an influenza-like illness, according to a study using California public health data from 2009 – 2012.

  • 05/27/2014

    Ultraviolet cleaning reduces hospital superbugs by 20 percent: Study

    Healthcare-associated vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (CD), and other multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) were decreased among patients after adding ultraviolet environmental disinfection (UVD) to the cleaning regimen, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).