History

The need to control infections was recognized in the mid-1950s and early 1960s when outbreaks of severe staphylococcal infections occurred among hospital patients. 

During the 1970s, infection control programs proliferated in hospitals throughout the U.S. Astute infection control professionals (ICPs) quickly realized standardized educational programs were needed to promote a practice based on sound scientific principles.  They also recognized the need to provide this education along with the opportunity for networking.  To meet these needs, a Steering Committee met in North Carolina on April 18, 1972, and established the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control (APIC).

As the profession evolved and matured into the broader context of healthcare delivery, so did APIC.  In1994, the name was changed to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC).

APIC Indiana:  History and Future

YESTERDAY…

In 1978, the state’s first Infection Control Practitioners banded together for support and sharing in a struggling new profession.  In 1980, The Indiana Society for Infection Control applied for Chapter status with the national Association For Practitioners of Infection Control.  APIC-In pioneered a successful new program, regionalization, in 1981 to involve and support practitioners at the grass roots level.  The program divides the state into regions each with a representative on the Board of Directors.  Regional involvement fosters networking and collegial relationships among practitioners through local meetings, educational programs and projects.

APIC-IN and the Indiana State Department of Health established a liaison to effectively address concerns relative to regulations as they relate to infection control. Through this relationship APIC-IN has:

  • Provided input into acute and long-term care licensure rule.
  • Developed the Multi-drug Resistant Organism Guideline.
  • Supported the development of the Universal Precautions Rule and Infectious Waste Rule.
  • Provided input into the Communicable Disease Reporting form.

 

TODAY…

APIC-IN continues to work with the Indiana State Department of Health:

  • Revision of the Universal Precautions Rule, plan  in response to the bioterrorism and potential pandemic  influenza threat,
  • Establishing an emergency preparedness liaison.
  • And along with the IHHA the Mandatory Reporting Rule.

Clarice Warrick educational support Program

The purpose of this chapter educational support program is to support the APIC-IN members’ attendance at national educational conferences.  The educational support is award to members based on need and thewillingness to share information with other members following the conference.

Liaison with the Indiana Hospital and Healthcare Association

APIC-IN is an affiliate society and through the governmental affairs committee we are involved in legislative and regulatory issues that are relevant to infection control.

Infection Reflections Newsletter

The APIC-IN newsletter provides valuable communication for its membership highlighting both state and national infection control activities.

Resource Library

APIC-IN has established a library of resources for its membership.  These materials may be checked out on a first come first request basis.

Membership

National membership is required to be a member of APIC-IN.  The state organization dues are set by the Board of Directors and are currently $20.  Our membership is multidisciplinary and representative of all facets of healthcare.

Websites

The state organization’s website is www.apicin.org .  Go online and check for up-to-date information.  Check to see which region you are in and contact the region director for opportunities to network and learn more about current issues. The national organization’s website is www.apic.org

TOMORROW…

APIC-IN is committed to the improvement of patient care and healthcare worker safety by serving the needs and aims common to all disciplines that are united by infection prevention and control activities.  To that end the organization will continue to focus on education, communication, research, standardization and professional relations while focusing on the following goals:

  • Strong educational support to deal with the ever-changing environment

Active involvement with all facets of healthcare,

  • Continued efforts to involve and support Infection Control Practitioners at all levels of experience and in all healthcare settings

Consistent in the interpretation of regulations, and

  • Continuation and extension of successful statewide infection control projects.