Infection prevention is in your hands

Healthcare-associated infections: a worldwide epidemic By Anne MacLaurin Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), or infections acquired in healthcare settings, are the most frequent adverse event in healthcare delivery...

Four-legged infection fighter hits the road to detect C. difficile

Vancouver Coastal Health’s four-legged infection fighter is taking a road-trip to showcase his C. difficile detection abilities. Angus, a three-year-old English springer spaniel, and...

The need for improved Lyme literacy

As Lyme disease makes inroads across Canada, activists say the medical community needs to better informed By Diana Swift It may be September, but that doesn’t...

Math shows how human behaviour spreads infectious diseases

Mathematics can help public health workers better understand and influence human behaviours that lead to the spread of infectious disease, according to a study...

Clostridium difficile infections have decreased in Canadian hospitals

Rates of C. difficile infections have decreased 36% in hospitals across Canada, although the virulent NAP1 strain associated with severe illness and deaths is the...

HIV resistance testing helps improve local and global health outcomes

By Caroline Dobuzinskis When a person is able to consistently stay on a course of HIV treatment that works effectively, their quality of life improves...

Diagnosing the flu on the fly: Point-of-care tests for Influenza

By Barbara Greenwood Dufour Most of us take measures during “flu season” to avoid catching the influenza virus (the flu), such as getting the flu...

Flu prevention is a shared responsibility

By Roxanne Hathway-Baxter & Michael Oreskovich Hospital patients with existing health conditions face a greater risk of being seriously affected by influenza (the flu) than...

Current hand hygiene measurement system doesn’t measure true compliance

The way hospitals measure and report hand hygiene rates does not accurately reflect the true compliance rates of healthcare providers, according to a newly...

Hospitals offer innovative solutions to infection prevention and control

Infection prevention and control is an essential part of quality patient care. Canada’s academic healthcare organizations are at the forefront of research designed to...

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