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Infection Prevention and Control

Infection prevention and control practices are important in maintaining a safe environment for patients by reducing the risk of the potential spread of disease from person to person. These practices are designed to reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections and to ensure a safe and healthy hospital environment for our patients, healthcare providers and visitors.

Our infection prevention and control strategies in place include:

  • Participating in the Ministry of Health and Long Term Cares Just Clean Your Hands campaign. 
  • Active and targeted surveillance of quality indicators to monitor trends and identify the need for intervention and/or improvement.
  • Ensuring client-centred activities incorporate the principles of infection prevention.
  • Providing infection control education and training to all staff, physicians and volunteers.
  • Providing infection control education to individuals, patients and their families.
  • Establishing policies and procedures that reflect the most current evidence-based best practices.
  • Maintaining strong liaison with community healthcare and public health agencies at the local, provincial and national level.
  • Participating and supporting infection control as members of: Hamilton and Neightbouring District Infection Control (HANDIC); Community and Hospital Infection Control Association (CHICA); Toronto Practitioners in Infection Control (TPIC); Mississauga-Halton Regional Infection Control Network (MHICN).

Here’s how you can help:

Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene is the single most important method of preventing infections in healthcare settings and it is one of our top patient safety initiatives. In 2011, we launched a campaign to increase hand hygiene awareness at our community hospitals with a message to say, “The Bugs Stop Here…Pump it up!”

Clean hands are essential in preventing the transmission of infections. Good hand hygiene means thoroughly cleaning your hands with soap and water or a waterless, alcohol-based hand gel or foam product frequently throughout the day, especially before eating, after using the washroom and after sneezing or coughing. Please use the hand sanitizing stations in the patient rooms and throughout our facilities frequently when visiting our hospitals. By practicing good hand hygiene throughout our hospitals, we can ensure that “The Bugs Stop Here”.

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Hand sanitzer stations are set up all over the Hospital for your convenience

Cover Your Cough

Respiratory infections like the flu spread easily. When you cough or sneeze it is important to use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose. If you are able, try using your forearm to block your cough. If you cough into your hands, you need to wash your hands immediately as your hands can transmit germs to surfaces or people you may be in contact with.

If you have a respiratory illness, you may be asked to wear a mask to prevent the spread of germs. Your healthcare provider may also be required to wear a mask, gloves and gown

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Caring for Patients Requiring Additional Isolation Precautions in Hospital

Upon your admission or during your stay, you may have been identified by your doctor, nurse or infection control staff as having a condition or illness that requires additional isolation precautions.

If you require isolation precautions, you will need to stay in your room but you may continue to have visitors. You, your visitors and your care providers will be required to follow specific instructions as identified by your doctor, nurse and infection control staff.

Special signs will be posted on the door frame outside your room with instructions for “All Persons Entering Your Room”.

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If you have questions about your care while in isolation, ask your nurse and doctor. You can also ask for a member of the Infection Prevention and Control Service to visit you.

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