International Infection Prevention Week || Oct 17 – 23

This year’s International Infection Prevention Week, IIPW 2021, happens from 17th October 2021 to 23rd October 2021. 

With an intention to “Make your Intention Infection Prevention,” the day aims to raise “awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety.”

Two years in a row, the world is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

IIPW History

Established in 1986, the day week highlights the criticality and an all-time urgency of infection prevention. It is a part of the Infection Prevention and You campaign started by the President of APIC Ronald Reagan. 

While appreciating the efforts and courage exhibited by infection preventionists (IPs) during the COVID peaks in 2020, this year, the IIPW is themed to emphasize the science behind infection prevention and encourage others to join hands in the fight.

Chain of Infection

The growth and spread of infection go on in cycles. 

What are the infectious agents?

The countless pathogens hanging around us, i.e., viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites.

Who is most susceptible?

Various factors determine our probability of catching infections, like age. For example, you are more likely to get sick if you have a weak immune system, or are diabetic, or suffering from any other chronic disease, or have sustained burns, etc.

Where do these agents grow?

These microorganisms survive happily in the human body, water, food, and unhygienic places.

How do they enter the human body?

The microscopic army of bacteria and viruses conveniently find their way into our bodies through damaged skin, digestive system, mucus membrane, or respiratory system. 

What is the mode of transportation to our bodies?

The pathogens can enter our body either through contact with an infected person, through droplets when someone coughs or sneezes openly, or could be airborne. 

Thus, infection is nothing but the transmission of infection-causing germs from the outside environment into our bodies. 

Infection Prevention & Control

As per the World Health Organization (WHO), “Infection prevention and control (IPC) is a practical, evidence-based approach which prevents patients and health workers from being harmed by avoidable infection and as a result of antimicrobial resistance.” 

Infection prevention and control is a global challenge, and measures need to be taken at individual, societal, national, and international levels.

  • Hand Hygiene

The basic yet most crucial concept involves hand hygiene. While we tried to cover most of the points on the recent Global Handwashing Day, we’ll reiterate the same, as hand hygiene is imperative for infection prevention and control. 

  • Use of masks

This has already become a lifestyle for the masses – since it’s a good practice and especially recommended to contain the spread of respiratory diseases. Moreover, considering the situation of pollution in the present times, it would always be advantageous to use a face mask when outside.

  • Repellents 

It is advisable to use the apt mosquito/insect repellents to keep yourself and your surroundings protected – a mosquito bite can lead to deadly diseases.

  • Immunizations

Participation in immunization programs and ensuring that you are up-to-date with all the required vaccinations help to a great extent in preventing and controlling infections. In addition, go for medications as recommended by your healthcare professional.

  • Hospital Precautions

A hospital has all kinds of patients, with their family members and the entire hospital staff. Therefore, while tackling patients in severe conditions, it becomes absolutely necessary to take care of the safety of others. This was something witnessed brutally during COVID-19 when the doctors and healthcare workers themselves became victims of the infections while trying to save others. 

    • The doctors and the entire nursing staff should appropriately use and discard the personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • There should be proper placement of the patients with restricting their unnecessary movements around the hospital.
    • The hospital staff needs to make sure that physical distancing is maintained as and when appropriate. 
    • It is significant to avoid using the same equipment for all patients – instead, the hospital should allow the use of dedicated patient-care equipment.
    • There should be proper cleaning and disinfection of all the rooms.
    • Put a face mask on the patients suffering from infections spread through airborne routes like TB and chickenpox. 

It is infection prevention week – spend each day reading about the topic from trusted sources available on the internet – start a practice each day to improve your health and lifestyle – and then make it a part of your life. 

Stay safe – exercise daily – prevent and control infections!

Avani Raj Arora

41 thoughts on “International Infection Prevention Week || Oct 17 – 23”
  1. Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

  2. Hey there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay.
    I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  3. Spot on with this write-up, I truly feel this amazing
    site needs far more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the info!

  4. Thanks , I’ve just been searching for info approximately this topic for a long time and
    yours is the best I have found out till now.
    However, what concerning the bottom line? Are you certain about the supply?

  5. This is a good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Short but very precise info… Thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  6. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to
    “return the favor”.I am attempting to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your

  7. Hi are using WordPress for your blog platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up
    my own. Do you require any coding expertise to make your own blog?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  8. Wonderful goods from you, man. I have understand
    your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely fantastic.
    I really like what you have acquired here, really like what you are stating and the
    way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still
    take care of to keep it sensible. I can’t wait
    to read much more from you. This is actually a great web site.

  9. excellent post, very informative. I ponder why the other experts of this sector do not realize this.
    You must proceed your writing. I’m confident, you
    have a great readers’ base already!

  10. Generally I do not learn article on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to take a look at
    and do so! Your writing taste has been amazed me.
    Thank you, quite nice article.

Leave a Comment