National Infection Control Week runs October 20 – 26, which is concurrent with Canadian Patient Safety Week, running October 27 – 31.
“Infection prevention and control programs are widely recognized as being clinically effective in preventing and controlling the spread of infections in health care settings, resulting in better clinical outcomes, reduced length of hospital stay, less antimicrobial resistance, and cost savings for the health care system,” Northern Health says in a written statement.
Through the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Northern Health is promoting the message ‘ASK.TALK.LISTEN.’, which encourages patients to communicate with their health care providers in an effort to keep them informed.
“Proper hand cleaning techniques and effective environmental cleaning are considered to be the most important measures in infection prevention, and Northern Health recommends that everyone make a habit of washing their hands for 30 seconds with warm water and soap to remove bacteria and viruses,” Northern Health goes on to write. “If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.”
Northern health is reminding residents to wash their hands before and after eating, after using the bathroom, after coughing and sneezing; and after touching surfaces that may be contaminated by other people.