Harold Cabanalan, BSN, RN, MAN, CIC

Location: Riyad, Saudi Arabia

Company/Organization: King Abdulaziz Medical City, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs

Title: Infection Control Practitioner

First Certified: January 2015

1. Why did you choose a career in infection prevention and control?

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) are the most common adverse events in hospitals. I have witnessed a lot of patient become sicker or even died due to unnecessary infections. Despite of the modern medicine and science, the problem still occurring globally. I wanted to be part of that germ buster (infection prevention and control) community to help healthcare facilities in reducing HAIs occurrence and save more patient lives. With the expertise and experience, I also hope to help my society.

2. What advice would you give someone who is interested in an infection prevention and control career?

Infection Prevention and Control is a very interesting and challenging field. It’s not just about handwashing and isolation. It consist of a lot of parameters in order to effectively implement a sound Infection Control program. You deal with all levels of healthcare management, from top executives down to ordinary personnel. Finding the best solutions on infection risk mitigation. And that makes it more thrilling!

3. What does being a CIC® mean to you?

Being CIC gave me a lot of pride and confidence. It build your reputation as Infection Preventionist.

4. What was the best studying method for you when preparing for the initial certification examination?

 Strengthen your theoretical foundation by using credible references like APIC, CDC, WHO, OSHA etc.  Then apply these theoretical concepts into practice. For me, that’s the most effective means on preparing the CIC exam.

5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

Certification matters. If you ever thinking taking it now or in the future, it’s all worth it.

6. How do you stay up-to-date on infection prevention and control practices?

Being an active member of the Infection Prevention and Control team, attending conferences and subscribing to latest news and journals.

7. Are you part of an APIC or IPAC Canada chapter? If so, would you recommend it to others?


8. How has the CIC® helped you grow professionally and in your career?

My CIC roadmap started with the basics, and gradually headed to advance. Being surrounded by infection prevention and control experts, gives me a lot motivation to improve.

9. Are there any CIC® stories that keep you up at night? This can be related to the examination or a specific patient story that stands out.