Infection Control

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 ...


New pest control technology
New pest control technology

The pest management industry offers several recent innovations that can help hospitals. Health facilities rely on the latest technologies to make a difference for their patients and their bottom lines. As new technology comes along – and it’s always evolving ...


Setting a new standard in infection control
Setting a new standard in infection control

The Niagara Health System's new hospital in St. Catharines was designed with numerous features aimed at controlling the flow of germs and infections, including 1,400 low-flow hand-washing sinks. Niagara Health System’s new hospital has numerous design features to battle spread ...


British Columbia steps up measures to address viral hepatitis
British Columbia steps up measures to address
viral hepatitis

  : Dr. Julio Montaner is the director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Pauls’ Hospital. A model for HIV treatment and prevention developed by the British Columbia Centre for Excellence (BC-CfE) in HIV/AIDS at St. ...


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