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Infection Prevention – Think Global Act Local
 National Infection Control Week – October 19-23, 2015

Interlake-Eastern RHA’s infection prevention and control professionals are gearing up for this year’s infection control week that runs October 19 to 23.

“National infection control week coincides with the launch of our flu vaccination clinics this year. It’s also a great opportunity to remind people about how significant something as simple as washing your hands can be in preventing the transmission of illness in your home and when you’re in the community,” said Davenna Conrod, regional manager of infection prevention and control for Interlake-Eastern RHA.

The infection prevention control team coordinates infection prevention and control activities in the region by working with the Interlake-Eastern RHA’s hospitals, clinics, public health offices and personal care homes. This team has recently added in-facility champions, who are typically nurses, to serve as key points of contact for staff with questions about infection prevention and control.

Infection prevention and control procedures and programs are widely recognized as being both clinically effective and cost-effective in preventing and controlling the spread of infections in health care settings. Hand hygiene programs, audits, infection surveillance, outbreak management and staff education protect clients, patients, residents and staff alike by preventing infections before they occur. Such prevention results in better clinical outcomes, fewer health care associated infections, reduced length of hospital stay, and less antimicrobial resistance, resulting in better patient outcomes and important cost saving for the health care system.

In additional to thinking about how your infection prevention and control practices can affect those close to you and in your community, Infection Prevention and Control Canada’s t

heme of Think Global Act Local for infection control week reminds us that we live in a global community. Increased global travel and changing global weather patterns result in emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases being a potential risk in new locales. Recently Ebola has demonstrated that we must use a global lens as a focus in our preparation and management locally for effective infection prevention.

Everybody can help prevent the spread of infections by being involved, providing input and initiating change in their own way. Keep in mind that National Infection Control Week is just the beginning. This invaluable lesson is one that must continue to be taught so that the impact of infections can be minimized.

About Infection Prevention and Control Canada

IPAC Canada is a national, multi-disciplinary, voluntary association of Infection Prevention and Control Professionals (ICPs) with 21 chapters across the country dedicated to the health of Canadians by promoting excellence in the practice of infection prevention and control. Visit IPAC Canada’s website (www.ipac-canada.org) for infection prevention and control information. 

National Infection Control Week – October 19-23, 2015

Interlake-Eastern RHA’s infection prevention and control professionals are gearing up for this year’s infection control week that runs October 19 to 23.

“National infection control week coincides with the launch of our flu vaccination clinics this year. It’s also a great opportunity to remind people about how significant something as simple as washing your hands can be in preventing the transmission of illness in your home and when you’re in the community,” said Davenna Conrod, regional manager of infection prevention and control for Interlake-Eastern RHA.

The infection prevention control team coordinates infection prevention and control activities in the region by working with the Interlake-Eastern RHA’s hospitals, clinics, public health offices and personal care homes. This team has recently added in-facility champions, who are typically nurses, to serve as key points of contact for staff with questions about infection prevention and control.

Infection prevention and control procedures and programs are widely recognized as being both clinically effective and cost-effective in preventing and controlling the spread of infections in health care settings. Hand hygiene programs, audits, infection surveillance, outbreak management and staff education protect clients, patients, residents and staff alike by preventing infections before they occur. Such prevention results in better clinical outcomes, fewer health care associated infections, reduced length of hospital stay, and less antimicrobial resistance, resulting in better patient outcomes and important cost saving for the health care system.

In additional to thinking about how your infection prevention and control practices can affect those close to you and in your community, Infection Prevention and Control Canada’s theme of Think Global Act Local for infection control week reminds us that we live in a global community. Increased global travel and changing global weather patterns result in emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases being a potential risk in new locales. Recently Ebola has demonstrated that we must use a global lens as a focus in our preparation and management locally for effective infection prevention.

Everybody can help prevent the spread of infections by being involved, providing input and initiating change in their own way.Keep in mind that National Infection Control Week is just the beginning. This invaluable lesson is one that must continue to be taught so that the impact of infections can be minimized.

About Infection Prevention and Control Canada

IPAC Canada is a national, multi-disciplinary, voluntary association of Infection Prevention and Control Professionals (ICPs) with 21 chapters across the country dedicated to the health of Canadians by promoting excellence in the practice of infection prevention and control. Visit IPAC Canada’s website (www.ipac-canada.org) for infection prevention and control information. 


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