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Infection Prevention: Preparing for the Unknown

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As the globalization of the world economy makes international travel easier and more commonplace, it also contributes to the growing threat of global pandemics like Ebola, Zika and influenza. To help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, healthcare institutions often rely on infection preventionists (IPs) like Margaret “Peg” Pettis, RN, MPA, CIC, the manager of Rochester General Hospital’s Infection Prevention Department in Rochester, N.Y.

After a diverse and extensive nursing career, Peg became captivated with infection prevention and has been working as an infection preventionist since 2010. She has been an active member of her local chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), acting as the Chapter Legislative Representative, and she currently serves on APIC’s National Communications Committee. We spoke to Peg about her experience as an infection control nurse and why she is so passionate about her chosen career. 

For more information about APIC and the benefits of its membership, visit "Unseen Enemy,” a new documentary sponsored by Johnson & Johnson exploring the imminent threat of infectious disease in an increasingly connected world, premiered on CNN on April 7. To watch the trailer and learn more about the film, visit

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