Infection Control

Infection Control 2018-10-10T12:03:06+00:00

Infection Control

Overview

Eliminating infections, many of which are preventable is a significant way to improve care. When facilities track infections they can identify problems and track progress towards stopping infections and improving care. St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre is committed to the delivery of high quality care by following Best Practice Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control.

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) are bacteria that can be carried in the bowel without making people sick, but can also cause disease, sometimes serious disease. C. difficile can also be spread by contact with hands, or contaminated surfaces, objects or equipment. Hand hygiene and environmental cleaning are very important to prevent spread in hospitals and nursing homes.

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Staphylococcus aureus is a germ that lives on the skin and mucous membranes of healthy people.  It can grow on the skin or mucous membranes without causing illness (this is called “colonization”). Staphylococcus aureus can also cause infections, most commonly wound infections. When Staphylococcus aureus develops antibiotic resistance, it is called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. At St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, we screen patients to detect colonization with MRSA regularly, to help prevent MRSA infections.

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Enterococci are germs that live in the gastrointestinal tract (bowels) of most individuals and generally do not cause harm (this is called “colonization”). Enterococci can cause infections in other parts of the body outside the bowel, most commonly urinary tract infections. Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) are strains of enterococci that are resistant to the antibiotic vancomycin. At St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, we screen patients to detect colonization with VRE regularly, to help prevent VRE infections.

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Proper hand washing is the most effective way of preventing the spread of communicable disease and can significantly reduce the spread of infectious disease. The Just Clean Your Hands campaign is a multi-faceted hand hygiene program developed by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and designed specifically for Ontario hospitals. The aim is to promote and to encourage proper hand hygiene among health care providers and patients. In doing so, higher hand hygiene compliance will result in the reduction of hospital-acquired infections.

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