2017 Infection Prevention Week


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity, and well-being of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, some medical procedures may result in infectious complications, and with over 800,000 hospital discharges in Virginia each year, the need to prevent such complications is imperative; and

WHEREAS, preventing healthcare-associated infections reduces overall the burdensome cost of healthcare, and significant morbidity and mortality; and

WHEREAS, healthcare facilities employ dedicated professionals who advocate for improving health and promoting patient and staff safety in order to minimize and prevent infections; and

WHEREAS, improved health practices, such as thorough hand washing, sterilization, and after-care can significantly reduce the risk and spread of infections; and

WHEREAS, healthcare facilities and agencies, such as acute care, long-term care, assisted living, ambulatory care, in-home care, and the Virginia Department of Health collaborate to protect patients in healthcare facilities across the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Infection Prevention Week recognizes the thousands of healthcare workers educating individuals on proper infection prevention techniques, and serves as an opportunity to reduce infections through increased awareness;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 15-21, 2017, as INFECTION PREVENTION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.