Published on October 15, 2015

Parkview Medical Center Celebrates International Infection Prevention Week and Reminds You to Stop Germs

To spread the message that everyone plays a role in infection prevention, Parkview Medical Center is proud to support International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which occurs globally October 18th-24th. Parkview has several events planned but reminds you to take an active role in stopping the spread of germs. Wash your hands!

“Patients and families play an important role in infection prevention and we are proud to highlight ways in which they can be engaged during International Infection Prevention Week,” says Michelle Peulen, Parkview Medical Center spokesperson.

The 2015 IIPW theme is engaging patients and families in the prevention of infections. To help foster an open environment for conversation, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) created informational materials titled “Clean Hands Stop Germs” that are available in several formats on the “Infection Prevention and You” website

Parkview’s IIPW activities that are planned will involve all levels of hospital employees and volunteers in all departments.  Events will focus on promoting engagement between patients, visitors and healthcare professionals around infection prevention.  Highlights of the hospitals events will include a lobby reception with special character guests, a showcase event for staff to provide education from multiple product suppliers who are integral partners in Parkview’s quest to prevent infections and a variety of internal activities to highlight the hospitals commitment to hand hygiene.

“We want everyone in our community to feel engaged in infection prevention”, said Peulen.  “The best way that patients, family and visitors can help stop the spread of infections is by cleaning your hands and asking everyone around you to do the same.  Hand hygiene is critical in saving lives”.

IIPW raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety and promotes the belief that everyone plays a role in infection prevention.  Established in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, APIC has spearheaded the annual effort to highlight the importance of infection prevention among healthcare professionals, administrators, legislators and consumers.  It is now formally recognized in many areas around the world including the U.S., Australia, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  As IIPW expands, more patients benefit from safer healthcare practices and reduced threat of healthcare-associated infections.     

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.