Care Shop are backing International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) 2014 by producing a series of informative posters that care and nursing homes can download for free and put up to increase awareness. IIPW takes place across the globe every October to raise awareness of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) and is organised by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). These HCAIs cost the NHS an estimated £1 billion every year and have a major impact on the availability of beds in hospitals, with infected patients requiring, on average, an extra 11 days of care. The four Care Shop posters were created with the help of the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) and feature key guidelines that care home workers, residents and visitors need to remember to help reduce the spread of infection. Caroline Johnson, digital marketing manager at Care Shop, said: "We understand that safety is of the utmost importance to our healthcare customers." "But with so many policies and procedures to follow, it can often be difficult to take in and remember all the necessary information, especially for those not working in the industry like residents and visitors." "We decided to produce a set of posters that focus on key points and really clean up the message that needs spreading." Visit the Care Shop website to download your free posters and help raise awareness of IIPW by sharing them on your blog and social media.