CHICA-Canada announces plans for National Infection Control Week

Encourages Canadians to Pass It On

WINNIPEG, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - As National Infection Control Week approaches, CHICA-Canada is pleased to provide information to Canadians on best practices to prevent the spread of illness in homes, offices and social situations.

Taking place October 21-25, 2013 across Canada, National Infection Control Week will provide Infection Prevention and Control Professionals within healthcare facilities and community settings the opportunity to promote the "Pass It On - Infection Control Matters!" theme. Infection Prevention and Control Professionals will be providing multi-modal education and collaborating with other organizations in order to deliver the message that infection prevention and control can be very simple and is most effective when everyone makes the effort.

Infection Prevention and Control programs have been widely recognized to be both clinically effective and cost-effective in preventing and controlling the spread of infections in health care settings. Ultimately, the most effective way to prevent the transmission of infection is through hand hygiene and effective environmental cleaning. Everyone can help prevent the spread of infections by being involved, providing input and initiating change in their own way.

"Sometimes the simplest procedures can go a long way in preventing the transfer of infection," says CHICA-Canada President Bruce Gamage. "Cleaning your hands is an ordinary procedure and does not take a lot of time and effort. It takes only 20-30 seconds of your time to clean your hands properly with soap or an alcohol-based hand rub."

For information on events, visit CHICA-Canada's website at

About CHICA-Canada

CHICA-Canada is a national, multi-disciplinary, voluntary association of Infection Prevention and Control Professionals (ICPs) with 22 chapters across the country dedicated to the health of Canadians by promoting excellence in the practice of infection prevention and control

Contact the Infection Prevention and Control Professional in your hospital, long term care facility or community for further information on activities planned for National Infection Control Week. Visit CHICA-Canada's website ( for infection prevention and control information.

SOURCE: Community and Hospital Infection Control Association-Canada

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