International Infection Prevention Week Puts Spotlight on Antibiotic Resistance

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International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) 2017 is underway, and this year's theme is antibiotic resistance.

With such a theme, IIPW represents an opportunity for healthcare providers to evaluate their efforts in developing an antimicrobial stewardship program.

IIPW, which takes place October 15-21, is also a week designed to further stress the importance of an infection prevention program that promotes patient and staff safety.

IIPW was established in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.

For more information on IIPW and to access IIPW promotional tools and resources, visit the APIC website.

In conjunction with IIPW, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched new Get Ahead of Sepsis materials help healthcare professionals and patients prevent infections that can lead to sepsis. These materials are as follows:
Sepsis is the body's extreme response to an infection, including those caused by drug-resistant bacteria.

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.