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Notice to Readers National Infection Control Week -- October 18-24, 1998

National Infection Control Week is October 18-24. This week emphasizes the importance of protecting patients and health-care workers from infections acquired in health-care settings. Each year, approximately 2 million patients develop a hospital-associated infection, and an estimated 88,000 patients die as a direct or indirect result of such infections. In addition, the 6 million health-care workers in the United States are at risk for acquiring serious and potentially deadly infections (e.g., hepatitis B and C and human immunodeficiency virus infection).

During National Infection Control Week, health-care facilities around the country will sponsor activities designed to heighten public awareness of, and professional commitment to, the importance of preventing infections in health-care settings. Health-care workers, patients, and visitors can contribute to preventing the spread of infection by using infection-control measures such as handwashing. Additional information about infection control is available from CDC's Hospital Infections Program, National Center for Infectious Diseases, World-Wide Web site http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/hip/hip.htm. A free copy of the 1998 Infection Control Resource Kit is available from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), telephone (202) 789-1890, or the World-Wide Web site http://www.apic.org.



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