January 6, 2020— Today, CS Medical announced a strategic partnership with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the largest association for infection prevention and control (IPC) professionals. CS Medical LLC has signed on as a 2020 APIC Strategic Partner.
APIC’s infection preventionist (IP) members work to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in healthcare facilities. An estimated 633,000 hospitalized patients get HAIs each year and 72,000 die during their hospital stay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The APIC Strategic Partner program establishes long-term relationships with industry partners united in the common goal of reducing the risk of infection. Partners play an important role in supporting many of the educational initiatives and services that make the APIC membership valuable to IPs on the front-lines in the fight against HAIs.
"CS Medical is pleased to partner with APIC to help prevent HAIs and expand education and resources for IPs," said Mark Leath, President CS Medical. "We share APIC’s patient safety mission and hope this partnership will help to strengthen APIC's efforts to create a safer world through the prevention of infection."
APIC Strategic Partners fully support the Competency Advancement Assistance (CAA) Program to help IPs manage the cost associated with obtaining the Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC®) credential. The CAA program covers exam fees and study resources for up to 50 IPs annually.
Scientific studies have shown that certified IPs are better prepared to interpret evidence and act as champions for key infection prevention practices. Hospitals with IPC programs led by certified IPs reported significantly lower rates of MRSA bloodstream infections.
"We are excited to welcome CS Medical as an APIC Strategic Partner," said APIC CEO Katrina Crist, MBA, CAE. "Together, APIC and CS Medical will work together to improve healthcare outcomes and advance education and certification for IPC professionals."