The Infection Prevention & Control Unit's mandate is the prevention and control of nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infection in patients, staff and visitors. This is achieved through continuous surveillance, epidemiological investigation of clusters of infection, education, consultation, policy and procedure development in liaison with hospital programs and research.
Patients in-hospital, who are found to have infections of certain types may be isolated in various ways, and visitors and family may be requested to assist by paying special attention to handwashing. These time honored "containment" techniques for infections are simple but powerful, and are increasingly important as all health care facilities face the challenge of organisms that have become resistant to many antibiotics.
The Infection Prevention & Control Unit is managed by the infection control officer, and laboratory program manager. Infection control practitioners are responsible for ground level investigation and control, and work closely with the Microbiology Laboratory. An infectious diseases specialist is also available for consultation.
The CVH Infection Prevention & Control Unit would like to remind you to get your Influenza A (flu) shot if you fall into one of the following risk groups, or have close contact i.e. family member, with someone who falls into one of the following risk groups. (The flu shot is given every year in the autumn.):
- persons age 65 or older
- anyone with chronic heart, lung or kidney disease
- anyone who lives or works in a nursing home
- anyone with diabetes, cancer, a blood disorder or an immune problem
- children and teenagers (ages 6 months to 18 years) who have been treated with acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) for long periods
Persons who fall into the above high-risk categories can receive the flu shot, starting in October. All others may receive it in November. The flu shot is free of charge to EVERYONE this year. Go to your family doctor, or watch for upcoming community public health clinics.
As well, persons who fall into the following risk groups below who have not had the pneumococcal vaccine can get this shot at the same time as the Influenza vaccine:
- persons over age 65
- adults and children over 2 years with:
- chronic heart
- lung or kidney disease
- nephrotic syndrome
- cirrhosis of the liver
- diabetes mellitus
- chronic cerebrospinal fluid leak
- HIV infection and AIDS
- other immunosuppressive diseases
- no spleen or a spleen that does not work properly
- sickle cell disease