Infection Control

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 ...


Meal-time patient hand hygiene initiative shows promise
Meal-time patient hand hygiene initiative shows promise

Sheila Chartrand from infection control and Francine Maurice from food services team up to make sure a QHC patient has clean hands before he enjoys his meal. The recently launched meal-time patient hand hygiene initiative at Quinte Health Care (QHC) ...


Enterovirus- D68: What you need to know
Enterovirus- D68: What you need to know

Enteroviruses cause a wide range of illness; most are associated with the common cold, but others are associated with lower respiratory tract, skin and mucous membrane, and central nervous system diseases. Enterovirus- D68 (EV-D68) is a previously rare enterovirus that can ...


On the front lines of the fight against Ebola
On the front lines of the fight against Ebola

Windsor, Ontario, physician Dr. Tim Jagatic has spent recent months on the front lines of the Ebola crisis. Windsor, Ontario, physician Dr. Tim Jagatic has spent recent months on the front lines of a major international medical crisis, one that ...


All hands on deck when it comes to hand hygiene improvement
All hands on deck when it comes to hand
hygiene improvement

At Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), grassroots hand hygiene improvement initiatives in partnership with infection control practitioners have been successful in increasing compliance rates and staff engagement Improving hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers is a constant endeavor for health care ...


The vaccine controversy
The vaccine controversy

Sixty years ago an average of 400 Canadians contracted polio per year. Those who survived were left with a paralyzed nervous system and permanently maimed limbs. Today, polio is prevalent in only a handful of countries and eradicated in Canada ...


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