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Summit on best practices in infection prevention held

October 20, 2011

WASHINGTON — U.S. health experts estimate that at any given time, about one in 20 patients develop an infection related to their hospital care, according to a press release.

In honor of International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), National Journal LIVE and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) are hosting "Spreading Success: Encouraging Best Practices in Infection Prevention," the release stated.

According to the release, keynote speaker, Don Wright, MD, MPH, deputy assistant secretary for Health care Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, focused on how government agencies are helping to combat health care-associated infections (HAIs).

Timed to occur during the 25th anniversary of IIPW, the policy summit was attended by more than 200 health care professionals, government officials, policy makers and patient advocates, who explored the impact of health care reform efforts in boosting patient safety and quality improvement, the release noted.

"Collaboration among the many stakeholders in infection prevention is critical to advancing patient safety, and is why we organized this forum," said Russell Olmsted, MPH, CIC, APIC 2011 president.

"Our goal is the elimination of preventable health care-associated infections," Olmsted added.

Click here to read the complete release.