The 2017 Practices and Competencies Report is an important resource provided by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Infection preventionist (IP) Practices and Competencies comprised one of the four main domains that made up a larger research initiative, The APIC MegaSurvey, conducted in 2015. The information contained in this report represents complete and accurate data on individuals working in the infection prevention and control profession. The report is designed to allow organizations and individuals to compare key aspects of their roles and responsibilities to those of their peers related to eight key areas of IP competency:
- Identification of infectious disease processes
- Surveillance and epidemiologic investigations
- Preventing/controlling the transmission of infectious agents/HAIs
- Employee/occupational health
- Management and communication
- Education and research
- Environment of care
- Cleaning, sterilization, disinfection, asepsis.
Data on responsibilities have been grouped by how frequently respondents said they performed them, and by job level. Sections on competency refer to the levels outlined in the APIC Competency Model for the Infection Preventionist (Novice/Early, Proficient/Middle, and Expert/Advanced).
This study was conducted for APIC by Industry Insights, Inc., an independent professional survey research firm located in Dublin, Ohio. The company specializes in conducting industry operating surveys, compensation and benefits studies, and member attitude surveys for trade and professional associations.