Dynamic eLearning provides training for Healthcare Professionals with regard to Infection Control.
This system has been successful but it is dependent on co-operation from all personnel. This document has been prepared to advise and guide you of the actions you must take to protect your patients, yourself and visitors.
Communicable Disease Surveillance policies are required by law for all persons carrying on activities in the institution. In the event of exposure, there is a need to provide timely information on your status, in order to determine whether you or your patients may be at risk of infections.
You are required to have blood tests to determine your serologic status and:
If you are susceptible to varicella, report any exposure at home or work. Avoid caring for patients with shingles, chickenpox or disseminated zoster.
The following are highly recommended:
Suffered a needle stick or other sharps injury
Diseases or infections spread by the Airborne Route: When patients are suspected or confirmed to have diseases spread by the airborne route a room with a specific air handling unit is required.
Common diseases transmitted by the airborne route include:
Multidrug-resistant organisms: are becoming more prevalent in health care institutions. The two resistant organisms of greatest concern currently are Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE). Both organisms are easily transmitted in the hospital, and both have occurred in Toronto health care facilities. These organisms are more common in the United States and other countries than in Canada.
*When a patient is identified as being infected or colonized with a multidrug-resistant organism, specific precaution standards will be initiated, managed and discontinued only by Infection Control.
Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization of Reusable Equipment and Material: Reusable patient-care materials, devices or equipment can transmit organisms if not properly reprocessed according to accepted standards. For those whose practice is on site at Mount Sinai, you are expected to comply with those standards approved by Infection Control. The Infection Control Team is available to assist anyone requiring help in establishing standards in your area.