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APIC and AHE partner on educational campaign

September 27, 2011

KISSIMMEE, FL — The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Association for the Health care Environment (AHE) are partnering to strengthen the relationship between infection prevention (IP) and environmental services (EVS), according to a press release.

A joint educational campaign entitled "Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients: Leaders in infection prevention and environmental services working together for better patient outcomes" will incorporate educational resources, training materials and other solutions to help IP and EVS professionals combat the spread of health care-associated infections (HAIs), the release stated.

According to the release, to determine the focus of the educational campaign, 2,000 members of APIC and AHE were surveyed to determine how they work together to protect patients, the results of which were presented at the AHE 2011 Annual Conference in Kissimmee.

"These survey results indicate that we can make improvements to ensure that the environment in which care is rendered helps to combat infections," said Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, CIC, Clinical Advisor to AHE and associate professor at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

"Strengthening collaboration between infection prevention and environmental services staff will advance this goal and contribute to reducing infections and improving patient outcomes," Carrico added.

For more information about Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients, click here.

Click here to read the complete release.