Joint Commission Resources and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology announce The APIC/JCR Infection Prevention and Control Workbook, 4th Edition
(OAK BROOK, Illinois, July 15, 2021) – Because of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to have thorough, evidence-based practices addressing the SARS-CoV-2 virus and other pathogens that threaten patients, staff and visitors. Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announce publication of The APIC/JCR Infection Prevention and Control Workbook, 4th Edition, to help address infection prevention and control (IPC) at health care organizations across the continuum of care.
The bestselling workbook, available now from the JCR webstore, features information from Joint Commission, APIC and other IPC experts and offers authoritative guidance, best practices, practical tools, valuable checklists and more for infection preventionists and health care leaders to improve patient safety at their health care organizations. The workbook, edited by leading IPC experts Patti G. Grota, PhD, CNS-M-S, CIC, FAPIC, CHSE and Angela H. Rupp, MT, MS, CIC, FAPIC, has been designated a Doody’s Core Title for 5 years in a row—a remarkable achievement that identifies it as indispensable to any IPC library.
JCR and APIC included a variety of new resources to address current challenges in IPC. New to this edition are:
- Resources and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic
- New and updated Joint Commission and, for the first time, Joint Commission International IPC standards
- New and updated downloadable tools, including risk assessment tools
- New and updated case studies that cover a variety of COVID-19 topics, including:
- Methodology for determining care in a high-level containment care unit
- Responding to an infectious disease emergency
- Optimizing the use of personal protective equipment
“It is imperative for health care organizations to follow a standardized approach to infection prevention and control standards,” said Sylvia Garcia-Houchins, RN, MBA, CIC, director of Infection Prevention and Control, The Joint Commission, and contributor to the workbook. “The APIC/JCR Infection Prevention and Control Workbook, 4th Edition provides infection preventionists and health care leaders with tools to create organization-specific infection prevention and control processes that meet their unique regulatory requirements and incorporate current standards of practice and evidence-based guidelines. It will help decrease the risk of health care-associated infections and provide a safe environment for all.”
“We are excited to collaborate again on development of this infection prevention resource,” said 2021 APIC President Ann Marie Pettis, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC. “What makes this workbook so useful is that it distills the scientific guidance into practical steps that can be applied to protect patients at the bedside.”
Key topics covered by the workbook include:
- Designing and managing an effective IPC program
- The role of leadership in IPC
- Planning for and managing infectious disease emergencies
- A risk-based approach to IPC
- Implementing clinical strategies to reduce infection risk
- Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of medical devices and equipment
- Maintaining a safe environment of care
- Occupational health issues related to IPC
- Communication and education strategies for IPC programs
- Integrating IPC into patient safety and performance improvement
- Evaluating the effectiveness of IPC programs
Please visit the JCR webstore to place an order and for more information about the book, a list of authors and editors, table of contents and a free preview of the workbook.
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About the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is creating a safer world through the prevention of infection. APIC’s nearly 16,000 members develop and direct infection prevention and control programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, education, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Visit us at apic.org.
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