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APIC launches 'Targeting Zero' initiative to eradicate infections deemed preventable by CMS
Date:12/18/2007

Washington, DC, December 18, 2007 -- The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced a series of new educational initiatives aimed at eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which include Clostridium difficile-associated disease and the three infections that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have classified as preventable occurrences: catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs), central line catheter-associated blood stream infections, and mediastinitis (a deep infection following coronary artery bypass surgery). The APIC programs will provide a comprehensive package of education, research and guidance for infection prevention and control professionals.

As the nations largest infection prevention organization, we are leading an effort to eradicate these infections, said Kathy L. Warye, Chief Executive Officer of APIC. The Targeting Zero Campaign is intended to accelerate both learning and the delivery of practical tools for infection prevention professionals. In keeping with our efforts to create a culture of zero tolerance for non-compliance with measures proven to prevent HAIs, this program will clearly demonstrate to healthcare administrators and clinicians how they can implement effective strategies and simpler systems for protecting patients from these deadly infections.

Launching in January 2008, APICs comprehensive program to address C. difficile will include a prevalence study to gain a better understanding of the scope of the problem. C. difficile is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis. Over the past two years, a new strain of C. difficile has caused hospital outbreaks in several states.

APIC also intends to develop a Guide to the Elimination of C. difficile, including strategies for controlling transmission; an educational Webinar series, and a conference in the fall of 2008, featuring
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Contact: Liz Garman
egarman@apic.org
202-454-2604
Association for Professionals in Infection Control
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