By Dave Bentley

APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 14,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other health care facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy and data standardization.

APIC offers educational events throughout the year aimed at helping you advance your career and increase your skill set, while focusing on the prevention of infection and patient safety.

APIC’s 39th Annual Educational Conference & International Meeting

For more than 39 years, health care professionals throughout the world have turned to APIC as they strive to create a safer world through the prevention of infection. In less than one month, health care professionals from a multitude of settings will come together in San Antonio, Texas, June 4-6, for the APIC 2012 Annual Conference. The conference gives attendees the opportunity to broaden their multidisciplinary knowledge base and engage in educational programs, networking opportunities, and viable conference activities essential to protect patients from healthcare-associated infections.

APIC’s annual conference offers more than 100 educational opportunities, including sessions that cover vital issues such as infection prevention community response -germs on coats and privacy curtains, infection prevention in anesthesia, SSI prevention in ambulatory surgery centers, immediate use steam sterilization and more.

Attend APIC 2012 and discover how you can get the most out of one of the largest annual gatherings of infection preventionists in the world, through:

  • NHSN Workshops – twice as many sessions than last year, including workshops on SSI prevention in ambulatory surgery centers, preventing CLABSI in hemodialysis patients and more.
  • Abstract presentations – New this year – dedicated time for more than 300 abstract presentations in both poster and oral format, sharing the latest strategies for managing various issues faced by infection preventionists and epidemiologists.
  • Key networking opportunities – participate in the new member and welcome receptions to connect with healthcare professionals from around the world, and develop your personal go-to network of colleagues.
  • APIC Village – Browse new APIC tools and resources, view entries in the Film Festival contest, find an experienced infection preventionist to serve as your mentor through APIContacts, and try a hands-on demonstration of the APIC ANYWHERE Online Education Center.

Registration, housing information, and educational information is available on APIC’s website at www.apic.org/ac2012.  Also keep up with information regarding APIC 2012 by following @APIC on Twitter, #APIC2012.

Future Annual Conference sites and dates include:
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., June 8-10, 2013
Anaheim, Calif., June 7-9, 2014
Nashville, Ten., June 27-29, 2015

Infection Prevention for Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Meeting CMS Conditions for Coverage

APIC trained CMS and AAAHC Surveyors, so let APIC provide you with your training needs. This in-depth, two day course helps attendees gain the skills they need through lectures and hands on exercises to help their ambulatory surgery center develop an effective infection prevention program that meets regulatory requirements and protects patients.

For 2012, course content has been updated to reflect the latest regulations and teaches practical and complex issues in everyday language. Plus, the interactive, live format enables attendees to work with experts onsite to write a fundamental risk assessment plan and network face-to-face with other ambulatory surgery center professionals who experience the same challenges.

This course will also be offered only twice in 2012. If you are not able to attend the Spring course in April, you can still plan to attend the Fall course, October 25-26, Indianapolis, Ind.

Early registration rates are $495 for APIC members and $680 for non-members*. Visit www.apic.org/asccourse for deadline and hotel information. Following the early registration deadline, rates increase by $100.

*Non APIC members receive a one-year complimentary membership with registration.