Infection Prevention & Control


The safety and health of our patients/residents/clients are very important to us.  The goal of our Infection Prevention and Control program is to identify and reduce the risk of healthcare-acquired infections.  Riverside Healthcare Facilities accomplish this by various methods including:

Surveillance
Education
Collaboration
Infection Prevention and Control Committee


Surveillance

We monitor the facilities for infections and diseases that affect the health of our patients/residents/clients, staff, and visitors.  Our role includes making informed decisions about patient/residents/clients placement; performing data analysis; and providing feedback results to staff that implement quality improvements.

Control measures are initiated when clusters of infections in patients/residents/clients or employees are identified.  Outbreak Management procedures are implemented at the direction of our Infection Control Practitioner and the Northwestern Health Unit.


Education

We provide information to our patients/residents/clients, visitors and volunteers about common infections.  Staff is provided with a mandatory infection control orientation session as new employees and annually thereafter.


Collaboration

Through collaboration with other programs and services within our facilities we assist in the safe development of day-to-day life.  Some examples of collaborative initiatives include:
Involvement of construction/renovation designs and plans
Review and recommendation of disinfectants and sterilization of medical equipment and environmental cleaning protocols
Roll-out of Flu Shot campaign for all Riverside staff
Policy and procedure development


Infection Prevention and Control Committee

Our Committee meets on a regular basis to ensure we are keeping our patients/residents/clients safe.  We review all elements of our Infection Control program and strive for continuous improvement. Policy development meets the best practice guidelines provided by various organizations including the Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee (PIDAC) and reflect the most current research and standards.