Infection Control

Using evidence to examine the safety of Gardasil
Using evidence to examine the safety of Gardasil

Every once in a while, the debate on vaccine safety and efficacy surfaces in the news and on social media. The most infamous example remains the controversy surrounding the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism (link that has been repeatedly proven ...


Providing care during a renovation project
Providing care during a renovation project

Yves Crehore (left) and Suman Bahl review construction drawings in one of the areas currently under renovation at Markham Stouffville Hospital. The close relationship between the construction and the inflection control teams is critical in a project of this ...


Conquering C. difficile
Conquering C. difficile

RVHS infection control practitioners Bryan Morales (left) and Michael Paetzold with the decontamination tool used during a recent C. difficile outbreak. New and old infection control techniques work together to conquer C. difficile Ongoing staff education and new technology bring outbreak ...


Making difficult but important changes to hand hygiene program supports safe care
Making difficult but important changes to hand hygiene
program supports safe care

Patient family advisors Diane McKenzie (left) and Alies Maybee are partnering with St. Joe's as members of the Hand Hygiene working group. In their volunteer role, they are helping to evaluate activities and outcomes related to our hand hygiene ...

Posted: February 12, 2015|Featured, Infection Control, Patient Care|1 comment

London Health Sciences Centre is prepared for its role as Ebola treatment hospital
London Health Sciences Centre is prepared for its role
as Ebola treatment hospital

At London Health Sciences Centre, EVD education for key staff and physicians includes applied training such as PPE donning and doffing using the buddy system and mock exercises in a simulated patient room. London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) has been ...


Helping hands needed in a world without touch: Responding to Ebola
Helping hands needed in a world without touch:
Responding to Ebola

Gloves and boots drying after being washed and disinfected. Canadian Red Cross recruiting delegates to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa   The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest in history and has resulted in more than ...

Posted: December 1, 2014|Featured, Infection Control, Public Health|0 comments

Ebola: Is Canada prepared?
Ebola: Is Canada prepared?

As of November 20th 15,145 people are believed to have been infected with Ebola, resulting in 5420 deaths. Since March of 2014 an epidemic of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been spreading in West Africa. This is the largest EVD ...


Infection control: How to educate and motivate
Infection control: How to educate and motivate

One of the finalist in the hand hygiene photo contest. For most health care workers, infection control is a topic that doesn’t generate much excitement. And for many healthcare workers, infection control training consists of a mere one-day module and ...


Ultraviolet and HVAC: Keys to reducing hospital acquired infections
Ultraviolet and HVAC: Keys to reducing hospital
acquired infections

Sanuvox Aseptix twin units disinfecting patient room. The use of ultraviolet light systems is becoming more widely used in healthcare facilities for disinfecting patient and operating rooms.  Yet, ultraviolet lights systems are misunderstood in spite of significant research and use ...


Hospitals weigh-in on flu shot or wear a mask policies
Hospitals weigh-in on flu shot or wear a mask policies

More than voluntary and less than mandatory: What some hospitals have learned so far about implementing ‘get a flu shot or wear a mask’ policies This is the second article in a three-part series examining how hospitals approach internal communications. Hospitals ...


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