Preventing Illness Through Innovation to be focus of discussion when Canada's Infection Prevention and Control Leaders meet in Charlottetown

Infection Prevention and Control Canada annual education conference runs from June 18-21 at the PEI Convention Centre

CHARLOTTETOWN, June 15, 2017 /CNW/ - It is estimated that over 200 000 patients per year develop infections as a result of their treatment in hospital across Canada, and that over 12 000 will die as a result.  Healthcare-associated infections cost the Canadian healthcare system over $1 billion annually. Infection prevention and control experts from across the country will meet in Charlottetown from June 18-21 at the PEI Convention Centre for their annual conference. Through educational sessions, interactive workshop and sharing lessons learned through research and networking, participants will examine best practices for how these infections can be prevented.

The theme of 'New Paradigm Ahead' encourages infection prevention and control practitioners to break down old barriers which can restrict and limit thought.  Our new paradigm will replace old assumptions with novel, innovative ones. Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada) brings together Infection Prevention and Control Professionals,  Medical Microbiologists, Epidemiologists, and Infectious Disease specialists from all provinces and territories, as well as international guests, involved in the prevention of healthcare-associated infections.

Keynote speaker John Nance (Monday, June 19) is a founder of the National Patient Safety Foundation and is dedicated to reforming American healthcare to an effective and safe system of prevention and wellness.   Also on Monday, Jason Tetro, better known as 'The Germ Guy' will take us on a journey through the past, present and future to examine our relationship with germs.  He will challenge participants to consider practices in relation to how we think about germs and how issues of antibiotic resistance, global warming and the emergence of new technologies and new disease will impact on how we conduct infection prevention and control in the future. Closing presenter, Marlies van Dijk, will explore how we can (and will) lead transformation of practice by debunking change myths and will challenge our beliefs on the ingredients necessary to lead change.

The 2017 registration brochure outlines all sessions and lectures along with their objectives (

IPAC Canada is the national, professional organization for those interested in the prevention and control of infections in all healthcare settings. 


SOURCE Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada)

For further information: Gerry Hansen, Executive Director, Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada), Cell - 1-204-510-8429, Email:,


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