Tork, an Essity Brand, yesterday 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. Tork has signed on as a 2021 APIC Strategic Partner.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 633,000 hospitalized patients get healthcare associated infections (HAIs) each year and 72,000 die during their hospital stay. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the importance of providing state-of-the-art education and support services for professionals in infection prevention and control was further reinforced.
The APIC Strategic Partner program establishes long-term relationships with industry partners united in the common goal of reducing the risk of infection. APIC Strategic Partners play an important role in supporting many of the educational initiatives and services that benefit APIC’s almost 16,000 infection preventionist (IP) members fighting on the front-lines against the spread of harmful microorganisms and viruses, such as C. diff, MRSA, and SARS-CoV-2 in healthcare facilities.
“Tork is pleased to partner with APIC to help prevent the spread of infection and expand education and resources for IPs,” said Deborah Chung, Healthcare Marketing Manager at Essity Professional Hygiene. “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. As we are dedicated to creating safe care environments, it is critical to provide the best education and training available, therefore we have developed a complete suite of resources to support this essential group of professionals.”
APIC Strategic Partners fully support the Competency Advancement Assistance (CAA) Program to help IPs further their education by managing 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.
“We are excited to welcome Tork as an APIC Strategic Partner,” said APIC CEO Devon Jopp. “Together, APIC and Tork will work together to improve healthcare outcomes and advance education and certification for IPC professionals.”