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International Infection Prevention Week | Protecting Patients Everywhere

October 15, 2018

This week HAP, Pennsylvania hospitals, and the health care community worldwide are observing International Infection Prevention Week, October 14–20, 2018. This year’s theme is "Protecting Patients Everywhere." Infection prevention practices should not only occur in acute care hospitals but also in outpatient areas such as doctor’s offices, clinics, surgical centers, and behavioral health and rehabilitation hospitals. Key takeaways for all include:

  • Infection Prevention is everybody’s responsibility including patients, families, and health care personnel
  • 1 in 25 hospitalized patients will contract a health care-associated infection (HAI) and about 75,000 of those patients will die according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hand washing and the use of alcohol-based hand rubs are the basis for all infection prevention efforts.
  • Antibiotics can be your friend or enemy. Inappropriate use of antibiotics in treating non-bacterial infections can cause more harm than good.

HAP would like to thank the dedicated infection preventionists who work in all types of health care settings for their efforts in protecting patients against infections.

HAP, through the work of its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, is helping Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems eliminate health care-associated infections.

HAP has three certified infection preventionists on staff who run numerous statewide collaboratives for reducing HAIs and sepsis and improving antibiotic use. Together, they have more than 65 years of experience. To learn more about the collaboratives or if you need help with infection prevention efforts, please contact Mary Catanzaro, Clare Edelmayer, or Maggie Miller.

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