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Friday 1:38 CST, September 22, 2017

Victoria Nahum

Victoria Nahumnahum
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Safe Care Campaign
Atlanta, Georgia

In 2006, Victoria Nahum became the face the American health care system has come to associate with the problem of health care acquired infections after three members of her family became infected in three different hospitals in three different states in 10 months’ time, culminating with the death of her stepson, Josh. He was 27.

Just weeks after Josh’s death, she and her husband Armando created
Safe Care Campaign to bring a sharper focus on infection prevention within the American health care environment.

Safe Care Campaign partners with health care systems, hospital administrations and frontline caregivers to remind, provoke, motivate and inspire all who work within the continuum of care of their most noble challenge and moral duty to prevent these infections that annually infect more than 1.7 million and kill more than 99,000 patients in the U.S.

Safe Care Campaign works diligently to shed light upon the problem of health-relate infections as well as possible solutions. Their interactive, comprehensive Guide to Preventing Infections is free and available online.

The story of Safe Care Campaign’s work has been featured on many national and local television and radio programs; most recently, in July 2009 on CNN’S "Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" as well as the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" and FOX News, as well as in numerous articles in journals and publications including "Infection Control Today," and most recently, CNN’s "The Empowered Patient."

Victoria speaks throughout the world to chief executives, physicians and nursing staff, presenting a powerfully moving and amazingly encouraging message entitled: "Change One Thing, Change Everything – The Power of One."

As an educational venue, Safe Care Campaign’s website is a comprehensive resource for clinicians as well as the general public with important and helpful information on infection prevention and the steps that lead there.

Victoria currently sits on The Joint Commission’s Patient and Family Safety Advisory and has recently co-produced a patient safety video – the healthcare counterpart to the FAA safety demonstration that airlines are required to show passengers before every flight. The admissions video was created to be used as part of every hospital admission process and was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and APIC.