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The APIC ANNOUNCES INFECTION PREVENTION FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS

Compelling videos promote safe practices in hospitals to protect patients!

Baltimore, June 27, 2011 – Healthcare worker hand hygiene was the subject of a poignant video that received first prize today during the 38th Annual Educational Conference and International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

“Hands,” created by Daniel Lieu, a student at the University of the Pacific in California, depicts the tragedy and irony of healthcare-associated infections, transforming the statistics into a story of a patient who gets an infection. Using a contemporary musical style with a haunting melody and provocative lyrics, the video pleads with healthcare workers to remember that patient safety is in their hands. Mr. Lieu worked with his father, an infectious disease physician, to develop the concept for the film.

The prize for first runner up was presented to Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California for “Clean Hands Save Lives,” a video that features the 'Clean hands save lives' phrase repeated in different languages, showing the diversity of facility’s staff.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital of Corpus Christi, Texas was named second runner up for “Wash’em,” a video in which staff clean their hands and move to the beat of “Whip it” by Devo.

The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin received an honorable mention for “H1N1 – Avoid da Chill,” in which doctors and nurses in sunglasses and pig noses rap about preventing the flu.

APIC Annual Conference attendees will have the chance to view the nearly 40 films entered in the festival and vote for the People’s Choice award, to be presented at the closing plenary. Received from APIC’s infection preventionist members, the video submissions offer compelling messages about the impact of healthcare-associated infections and the role of healthcare personnel in protecting patients.

“We are excited to honor the winners of APIC’s inaugural Film Festival,” said Vickie Brown, RN, MPH, CIC, APIC 2011 Annual Conference Chair. “We hope everyone enjoys the videos and is inspired to create their own for next year’s festival.”

To view the submissions, visit APIC’s YouTube page.

The 2011 APIC Annual Conference, held June 27-29 in Baltimore, features more than 60 educational sessions focusing on a wide range of infection control topics. The meeting is designed to help attendees translate the latest science into practical strategies for the reduction of healthcare-associated infections. The Twitter hashtag #APIC2011 is being used for the meeting.

APIC’s mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes. The association’s more than 14,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities around the globe. APIC advances its mission through education, research, collaboration, practice guidance, public policy and credentialing. Visit APIC online at www.apic.org. For consumer-related information, visit www.preventinfection.org. Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apic.