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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, many medical procedures may result in infectious complications, and with over 850,000 hospital discharges in Virginia each year, the need to prevent such complications is imperative; and
WHEREAS, preventing healthcare-associated infections reduces the risk of occurrence of infection, the burdensome cost of healthcare, and significant morbidity and mortality; and
WHEREAS, prevention of infections can be improved through the diligent adherence to recommended infection control and prevention procedures in all healthcare settings; and
WHEREAS, healthcare facilities employ dedicated professionals who advocate for infection prevention every day; and who are important to the health and safety of the community by improving the quality and safety of healthcare and in reducing its costs; 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 encourages all Virginians to educate themselves on the symptoms and impact of infections and the actions they can take to prevent healthcare-associated infections, thereby reducing the burden of human suffering and disease;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 14-20, 2018, as INFECTION PREVENTION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.