Bug Day 2005

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For the past eight years, hundreds of medical professionals and students have converged at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre to attend “Bug Day” to learn about infection prevention and control, public health and the most recent updates in infectious diseases.

Bug Day takes place each year during National Infection Control Week. This year’s event was held October 18, 2005 and attracted more than 800 participants. Bug Day is a day-long series of presentations addressing a range of infection prevention and control issues, public health issues and infectious diseases that are frequently in the public eye. As the only independent event of its kind in Canada, the success of Bug Day continues to grow, thanks to a multi-disciplinary team approach from the Health Sciences Centre.

“The success of Bug Day is a testament to the dedication of our staff. Bug Day has become a local phenomenon and an effective means of drawing attention to important infection prevention and control issues,” says Dr. John Embil, Director, Infection Prevention & Control Unit, Health Sciences Centre.

Participants from across Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario attend the event. Because Bug Day is transmitted to rural health-care facilities across the province, Northern communities and Saskatchewan, Bug Day is able to reach medical professionals in the prairies.

Dr. Embil kicked off the 8th annual Bug Day with a lively and animated presentation entitled Inspiring Confidence! Infection Prevention and Control in Action and ended his presentation with a series of animated limericks which had been solicited from previous participants. For his conclusion, Dr. Embil appeared as “Soapy” an infection preventing super hero.

This year’s agenda also included topics such as priorities and perspectives in public heath, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), biomedical waste, STDs, antibiotics, sterilization and disinfection, dermatology and more. For example, two presentations, one entitled, What Really Happens to Biomedical Waste by Jane Maslowski and another, Out of Sight but Not Out of Mind: Sterilization and Disinfection, by Suzanne Finch, both highlighted important issues in the management of waste generated in hospitals and how sterile processing occurs. Another presentation, Antibiotics: The Solution or the Problem? by George Zhanel, PhD, raised important questions as to whether antibiotics are solving or causing more problems than we anticipate.

“As Bug Day deals with a variety of topics, we look at this day of learning as a snapshot of what current infection issues are being faced not only in Manitoba but around the world,” Embil says.

Bug Day is the largest continuing medical education program in Manitoba and continues to grow in popularity each year. Bug Day is an accredited education event by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the College of Family Physicians, the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association and the Manitoba Registered Nurses Association.

For more information, please contact Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre, Infection Prevention and Control Unit or Dr. Embil directly at jembil@hsc.mb.ca