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The Florida Professionals in Infection Control (FPIC) provides scientifically based infection control and epidemiological principles and practices through education, networking, and consultation to members, other organizations, and healthcare professionals to promote the well-being of the community at large.

Florida Professionals in Infection Control is the recognized professional organization of infection control and epidemiologic expertise throughout the state of Florida.

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FPIC Vision Statement:
To equip Infection Preventionists in Florida to be knowledgeable, confident, and successful leaders in eliminating healthcare associated infections.

FPIC Mission:
Develop, promote, and provide infection control educational opportunities 
Provide and facilitate infection control networking opportunities 
Serve as a resource for infection control issues 

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2019 FPIC Conference
September 11th-13th
Westin Tampa Waterside

Advandced Registration for Non-member- $345

Advanced Registration for Member- $ 300

Regular Registration Non-member (After August 10th)- $395

Regular Registration Member- $350

When people ask you what Infection Preventionists really do...
Infection Preventionists Save Lives- Video created by APIC 


SHEA neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) white paper series: Practical approaches to Clostridioides difficile prevention

SHEA intends this document to serve as a companion to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) "Clostridioides difficile in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Patients: A Systematic Review," to provide practical, expert opinion-based answers to frequently asked questions on C. difficile detection and prevention in the NICU.

CMS Delays Implementation Deadline for Revised IPC CoPs

CMS has published an updated State Operations Manual (SOM) to reflect regulatory changes included in the Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction final rule, which included revisions to the Infection Prevention and Control and Antibiotic Stewardship Condition of Participation (CoP). The SOM indicates these regulations will be effective March 30, 2020, and that regulations regarding Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) programs will be effective March 30, 2021. The newly published SOM notes that Interpretive Guidelines for these CoPs are pending and will updated in a future CMS release.

A systematic approach to quantifying infection prevention staffing and coverage needs

Quantitative needs assessment revealed actual labor need to be 31%-66% above current benchmarks of 0.5-1.0 IP per 100 occupied beds. When aggregated across the organization, the comprehensive review results yielded a new benchmark of 1.0 infection prevention full-time equivalent per 69 beds if ambulatory, long-term care, or home care are included.       

Florida Flu Review 

In week 52, activity increased and remained above levels observed at this time in previous seasons.  Elevated activity was observed in all regions and in groups at higher risk for complications from influenza infection (children, pregnant women, and adults aged ≥65 years).

In week 52, three outbreaks were reported, down from 13 outbreaks in the previous week. Of the three outbreaks reported, one was influenza-associated and two were ILI.

In week 52, no new influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported. A total of three influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported so far this season, all in children who were not yet vaccinated for the 2019-20 season. For more information, see page 10.

High-risk Staphylococcus aureus transmission in the operating room: A call for widespread improvements in perioperative hand hygiene and patient decolonization practices

Increased awareness of the epidemiology of transmission of pathogenic bacterial strain characteristics may help to improve compliance with intraoperative infection control measures. Our aim was to characterize the epidemiology of intraoperative transmission of high-risk Staphylococcus aureus sequence types (STs).

  The FPIC board has worked to improve access to many resources available to Infection Prevention professionals.  Finding evidence can be an overwhelming task. This resource has been designed for ease of use with the busy professional in mind.  Any comments, suggestions or additional resources you would like to share will be reviewed for consideration. We welcome all our members' feedback!  

APIC Professional Practice
FDA- Outbreaks: Investigation, Response & Evaluation
FDA- Device Recalls
Johns Hopkins Epidemiology and IC Surveillance
The Joint Commission 
Florida Department of Health 
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)
FHA- Hospital-Aquired Infections (HAIs)


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