‘Infection Control – Are you IN? Get INvolved, provide INput, INitiate change!’ is the theme of this year’s National Infection Control Week, October 17 to 21, coordinated by the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association of Canada. To mark the week in hospital, Bluewater Health is educating community about the importance of infection prevention.
Dr. Mark Taylor, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief of Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management at Bluewater Health, says that, “Infection prevention and control programs have been widely recognized to be both clinically effective and cost-effective in reducing the spread of infections in healthcare settings. The most effective measures to prevent the transmission of infection are hand hygiene; effective environmental cleaning; and ensuring appropriate antibiotic use. As the theme of National Infection Control Week suggests, everyone can help prevent the spread of infections by being involved, providing input and initiating change in their own way.”
As part of Bluewater Health’s ongoing commitment to enhance the quality and safety of care, hand hygiene and infection prevention and control are key quality improvement targets in Bluewater Health’s 2011/2012 Quality Improvement Plan. The organization also actively participates in Ontario Hospital Association and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care programs focused on promoting compliance and awareness among healthcare providers.
“Effective hand hygiene practices in hospitals play an important role in improving patient and provider safety, and in preventing the spread of infections,” added Taylor. “With the cold and flu season at hand, visitors to the hospital are reminded to clean their hands before and after visiting using the alcohol hand foam that is available throughout the hospital. Individuals are asked not to visit family or friends in the hospital if they have a cold or symptoms of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.”