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APIC: Calling all heroes of infection prevention

February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON — Preventing something, by definition, means it never occurs, but infection preventionists (IPs) wake up every morning to do this very thing, rejoining the fight to protect patients and fellow healthcare workers from the endless encroachment of infectious disease, according to a press release.

To recognize these efforts, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is calling for nominations by February 15 to honor this year''s Heroes of Infection Prevention, the release stated.

According to the release, APIC will honor a dozen IPs who have improved the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers and the public.

In addition to recognizing the outstanding work of 12 infection preventionists, APIC will select a Heroes Implementation Research Scholar to identify the five most successful infection prevention programs of the last six years, the release noted.

"Our goal is to improve patient outcomes by advocating for the adoption of best practices in infection prevention," said Michelle Farber, RN, CIC, APIC 2012 president.

"This year''s initiative provides the opportunity to highlight outstanding work by infection preventionists who have been recognized for their dedication to patient safety so that best practices can be replicated in more healthcare settings," Farber added.

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