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International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW)

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International Infection Prevention Week - Stop the Spred of Antibiotic Resistance with APIC

Established in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is celebrated the third week of October. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) spearheads the annual effort to highlight the importance of infection prevention among health care professionals, administrators, legislators, and consumers. It is now formally recognized in many areas around the world including the U.S., Australia, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. As IIPW expands, more patients benefit from safer health care practices and reduced threat of health care-associated infections.

The Florida Department of Health has partnered with APIC to promote IIPW, October 15-21 . This year’s theme is “Antibiotic Resistance.” Visit our Antimicrobial Resistance page to learn more. This page includes recordings of past webinars on antibiotic stewardship, strategies for preventing resistance, and links to other helpful resources.

  • International Infection Prevention Week Events Schedule

Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 15 - Share educational materials with health care professionals and patients with your Twitter and Facebook followers. APIC has created pre-written tweets and posts for you to share.
Ready-made social media posts for you to share

Monday, October 16 - Print out the new “ABCs for Prescribing Antibiotics” infographic and share it with health care personnel in your organization. APIC has other infographics available for download that can be placed in patient care areas.
The ABC's of Antibiotics

Tuesday, October 17 - Join APIC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday, October 17 at 2 p.m. EDT for a Twitter chat to discuss how health care providers, patients, and others can prevent infections and therefore reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance. Follow @APIC on Twitter and use the hashtag #IIPWChat to join.

Thursday, October 19 - Send infection prevention eCards to anyone who has made a difference in preventing infections (e.g., friends, family, colleagues, and health care professionals). It is the perfect way to say thank you for keeping us healthy this year.
Send an infection prevention eCard

Friday, October 20 - Test your infection prevention knowledge by taking quizzes and polls. Challenge your friends and colleagues to a battle of the germy wits.
Test your knowledge!

Saturday, October 21 - Take the opportunity to talk to a neighbor, friend, or family member about infection prevention and what’s needed to keep patients safe. Learn the infection prevention basics and share this information with your loved ones. Infection prevention occurs every day of the year (inside and outside of health care facilities), so don’t miss an opportunity to spread the word!
Infection Prevention Basics

Other Activities

Infection Prevention Pledges - Pledge to take action to prevent infections and reduce antibiotic resistance, and encourage others to do the same. APIC offers a pledge for health care professionals and one for patients and families.
Sign the Pledges

Games and Activities - APIC has created word searches, coloring sheets, and activity pages that are perfect for all ages and infection prevention skill levels.
Games and Activities

Infection Prevention Videos - Watch the Annual Conference Film Festival videos to learn more about infection prevention best practices. These videos will make you laugh, cry, reflect, strategize, tap your feet, and even sing along.
Infection Prevention Videos

Say thanks with a IIPW gift

Infection Prevention and You

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Acrobat Reader may be required to view these files.