International Infection Prevention Week Puts Critical Safety Issues Into Spotlight

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International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is underway, and it should serve as another opportunity to focus on the importance infection prevention plays in improving patient safety.

For infection preventionists across the world, IIPW, which takes place October 18-24, is also the week to stress the importance of an infection prevention program that promotes patient safety in the infection prevention arena.

The 2015 theme for IIPW is "Promoting engagement between patients, visitors, and healthcare professionals around infection prevention."

IIPW was established in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.

For more information on IIPW as well as IIPW promotional tools and resources, visit the APIC website.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.