Infection: Don’t Pass It On (IDPIO) is an ongoing public health campaign to involve VA staff, Veterans, their families and visitors in preventing the transmission of infection. The campaign develops and distributes education and communication materials for the VA community that promote:
The materials developed by the IDPIO campaign are targeted toward several types of audiences and designed to be used widely throughout the VA health care system. Use and share these resources to help prevent the spread of infection:
The major message of the campaign is to wash your hands and cover your coughs. These basic public health measures—hand and respiratory hygiene—can make a huge difference in reducing the spread of infection, and can save time, money, and lives.
We promote the campaign and the use of IDPIO campaign materials widely. Facility contact groups that we consider important to carrying out the campaign in VA facilities have been established throughout the VA health care system. These key contacts are: infection control professionals, patient safety officers, occupational health clinicians, public affairs officers, contacts for multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), preventive medicine, and pharmacy contacts.
The IDPIO campaign is coordinated by the Office of Public Health’s Clinical Public Health group in collaboration with other VA offices. Learn more about IDPIO campaign collaborating offices and team members.