A Peak at APIC

Posted 29 July 2015 12:00 AM by Jocelyn Fischer

This year, the annual APIC Conference was hosted by the great city of Nashville! In addition to being Music City, Nashville’s brand new Conference Center located in the heart of downtown plays host to quite a few events including the APIC Conference. Infection Preventionists came from far and wide to view the latest trends in hospital hygiene.

Here are a few takeaways from this year’s event:

  • Let’s talk about curtains first. Privacy curtains, that is. They were all over APIC. From disposable to fabric, you couldn’t miss them. As healthcare facilities move steadily from an institutional look to a more residential look, textile companies are mirroring this trend in new pattern designs.
  • Antimicrobial scrubs. While it’s become commonplace for privacy curtains to have some kind of antimicrobial agent in use, it’s not as common to hear about medical uniforms that also utilize that technology. At this year’s conference, there were quite a few people inquiring about them. Begs the question, can the same material used for privacy curtains also be used in the making of scrubs?
  • Ultraviolet light. Who knew light would be beneficial in disinfecting the patient environment? Several people at APIC did, that’s for sure. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of this method used throughout hospitals in the future.

Overall, the 205 APIC Conference was immensely informative as well as enjoyable. How can you go wrong spending a few days in Music City?

We’re looking forward to next year’s conference!


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