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APIC 2017 Film Festival winner highlights hand hygiene as infection prevention tool
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology has announced that Providence Health & Services Alaska is the winner of its seventh annual Film Festival competition, to be awarded during APIC's 44th Annual Conference.
The video entitled 'Look at Me Hand Hygiene', emphasises proper hand washing techniques for hospital staff and visitors.
Providence's music video draws attention to the importance of thorough and consistent hand washing, stressing that 20-25 seconds is needed to achieve clean hands. The video outlines "wet, lather, scrub, rinse, dry" (W.L.S.R.D.) as the basic steps for hand hygiene and infection prevention.
"Utilising a music video format to provide an overview of hand hygiene best practices is a great way to disseminate our most important infection prevention intervention," said APIC 2017 Annual Conference chair, Timothy Wiemken, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC. "Providence's video is such an amazing addition to the Film Festival winner's circle, and can be used as a unique tool to drive home the importance of hand hygiene."
An expert panel of judges selected the winning video for its inventiveness, originality, general appeal, significance to the infection prevention community, and educational message.
Many of the other Film Festival submissions used heartwarming messages, humour and music to underscore their messages. Lake Health of Northeast Ohio parodied pop singer Meghan Trainor in its "We're All About Those Hands!" video to highlight how clean hands lead to healthy patients. The Quality Department at Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown, West Virginia parodied hit song "Uptown Funk" in its "Infectious Funk" video to educate hospital staff on the repercussions lack of hand washing has on patients.
View all of the video submissions on the APIC website. The winning video is also on YouTube at: www.youtube.com APIC conference attendees can vote for the APIC 2017 Film Festival People's Choice Award winner, which will be announced at the closing plenary session tomorrow.
APIC 2017 Annual Conference, running 14th - 16th June in Portland, Oregon, is one of the most comprehensive infection prevention conferences in the world, with more than 90 educational sessions and workshops led by experts from across the globe and attended by nearly 4,000 professionals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists, physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, educators, administrators and medical technologists with strategies that can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programmes and make healthcare safer.
APIC's 15,000-plus members direct infection prevention programmes that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy and data standardisation.
15th June 2017