Infection Prevention and Control
“To assist health care providers to improve patient outcomes by identifying preventable infections and reducing the probability of their occurrence”
In Canada, it is estimated that 250,000 people (one in nine patients) who are admitted to hospital every year get infections while being treated for something else (Zoutman, Ford, Bryce, Gourdeau, Hebert, Henderson and Paton, 2003).
Many of these infections are minor while others are much more serious.
Not all infections can be prevented, but it is thought that about 30 per cent to 50 per cent of health care associated infections can be avoided (Zoutman et al, 2003). This is done through following basic infection prevention and control practices such as hand washing.
Capital Health takes infection prevention and control seriously and has an active infection prevention and control program in place in all of our facilities.
We do this through:
Infection Prevention and Control Staff:
The Infection Pevention and Control Department at Capital Health is staffed by 11 infection prevention and control practitioners, two clerical staff, one district manager and one physician directors who are infectious disease specialists.
All infection prevention and control practitioners within Capital Health are Registered Nurses (RN) with broad clinical background and expertise. All have received additional training in infection prevention and control.
Our department is affiliated with Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada) and our Nova Scotia provincial chapter IPACNS.
Zoutman, D.E., Ford, D.B., Bryce, E., Gourdeau, M., Hebert, G., Henderson, E., and Paton, S. (2003). The state of infection surveillance and control in Canadian acute care hospitals. American Journal of Infection Control, 31(5), 266-273.