At the request of the Infection Control Programme of the University of Geneva Hospitals and its VigiGerme initiative, the Rythmakers set the tempo for you to efficiently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub solution. Join the dance and become a Cleanmaker! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / Join the Hand Hygiene Group on Facebook or read the blog: vigigerme.org (video is available for download).
Hand Hygiene for Patient and Provider Safety in Canada is part of the Hand Hygiene Challenge website. In partnership with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, the project provides factsheets, educational opportunities and resources for patients and families wanting to improve their hand hygiene practices. The World Health Organization’s Clean Care is Safer Care site was launched in 2005 to raise awareness of healthcare-associated infections as an important priority in patient safety. The Hand Hygiene campaign is dedicated to supporting patients with materials developed to highlight the importance of hand hygiene.
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by a germ called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It usually strikes the lungs but it may also affect other organs such as the lymph glands, kidneys, and bones. Tuberculosis may develop rapidly after a person’s first contact with the germ or may appear several years later.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a new respiratory disease but has also been called « atypical pneumonia ». Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is a more accurate name for it. Individuals with this disease develop a fever (above 38 degrees Celsius) and respiratory symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. The disease appeared in Asia at the end of 2002 and spread to various countries, including Canada, by international travel. So far, no cases have been reported in Quebec.
Through the multiple measures taken since 2004, Québec is already on the cutting edge of the prevention and control of nosocomial infections. With the development of the Plan d’action sur la prévention et le contrôle des infections nosocomiales 2006–2009, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux has taken another major step in managing this problem. Given the encouraging outcomes in recent years, the 2010–2015 action plan stands out as the logical and necessary next step in ensuring the safe delivery of care and services in Québec's health-care system.
The mission of the Service de lutte contre les infections transmissibles sexuellement et par le sang (SLITSS) is to coordinate measures to combat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), HCV (hepatitis C virus) and other STI (sexually transmitted infections). The service promotes health and well-being and recommendations in the Québec Public Health Program (Programme national de santé publique). SLITSS works with its partners to implement and follow-up on recommendations, and ensures that the outcomes defined in these documents are achieved.
This website contains answers to your questions about seasonal flu, including hygiene and prevention procedures, vaccination, symptoms, surveillance information, basic care, and other items of interest.
The Nosocomial and Occupational Infections page of the Public Health Agency of Canada works to enhance infection prevention and control initiatives for health and community settings. It does this by collecting, analyzing, interpreting and disseminating epidemiological information on nosocomial and occupational infections. The site includes information about scientific meetings on Occupational Influenza Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings.
The Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS) at the Public Health Agency of Canada monitors antimicrobial resistance in bacterial organisms from human, animal and food sources. The webpage provides information about evidence-based policies for the control of antimicrobial use, effectiveness of drugs and taking measures to contain the spread of resistant bacteria from animals, food sources and people.
When MRSA bacteria cause infection in people who have not been hospitalized nor had a medical procedure within the last year, it is called CA-MRSA. These infections usually manifest as skin infections such as pimples and boils and can occur in otherwise healthy people.