WINNIPEG, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - IPAC Canada Launches Infection Control
Program for Front Line Health Care Workers. This comprehensive, English
and French E-Learning program is designed to assist Health Care
Administrators in implementing standardized infection prevention and
control practices. The E-Learning medium delivers consistent training
in a cost effective manner to a diverse demographic group of front line
workers; who may be geographically dispersed in a variety of health
care settings across Canada.
Bruce Gamage, President of IPAC Canada, says "The curriculum is updated
to reflect the most current regulatory standards and protocols across
Canada. This E-Learning curriculum is designed to assist healthcare
facilities train "Front Line" workers in standardized best practices
for the prevention and control of infections in healthcare settings.
This is an essential for ensuring both patient and staff safety."
The program consists of six, English or French, self-paced E-Learning
modules that each include approximately 1 hour of learning. Each participant
must achieve a minimum of 75% in answering questions after each module
to receive acknowledgement from Georgian College for their successful
completion certification. The program is updated regularly in both
English and French and is designed to be taken annually to standardize
infection control practices in all health care settings.
The program was first launched in 2011, updated in 2013 and now expanded
to include both English and French versions in 2014. The program is
designed by IPAC Canada to help reduce the number and duration of
infections in all health care settings in Canada. This E-Learning,
First Line of Defence program was developed by a national Committee of
Infection Control Professionals (ICPs).
ICPs come from many different backgrounds within the health care
disciplines such as nursing, medicine, microbiology and medical
technology; and they are responsible for Infection Prevention and
Control within hospitals and other health care facilities. Infection
Control Professionals are responsible for keeping abreast of all
current infection control standards and practices.
Standardizing Infection Prevention and Control practices have become an
increasingly important issue for health care facilities with the
globalization of infections, along with the introduction of new and
The Public Health Agency of Canada recently (Nov. 2013) published its
landmark 5 year (2007 - 2011) Antimicrobial Resistant Organisms (ARO)
Surveillance findings which indicated increasing infection rates per
Those infections are related to Healthcare-Associated-Clostridium difficile, Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci infection and Carbapenemase-Producing Organisms (CPO) during the study period pointing to possible
gaps in infection prevention and control in Canada
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SOURCE: Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada)
For further information:
Gerry Hansen (Ms.) BA
Executive Director - Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada)