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Infection Prevention & Control

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) service is delivered by a small team of infection control practitioners who work in close partnership with a physician advisor. The IPAC team has expertise in applying principles of microbiology and healthcare epidemiology to help prevent the transmission of infectious diseases within the hospital. Their role includes:

  • Consultations with physicians and other clinical teams on the management of patients with infectious diseases.
  • Surveillance of infectious disease and outbreak management.
  • Working with other departments and programs to develop policies and procedures.
  • Education for staff, patients, and visitors on infection prevention and control matters.
  • Provide guidance on the development of cleaning and disinfection processes for the hospital.
  • Provide guidance on IPAC practices for construction, renovation, maintenance, and design.

Your Role as a Patient or Care Partner

Infection Prevention and Control is everyone’s responsibility. As a patient, Care Partner or visitor, you play an important role. Learn more and help keep everyone safe.

Your Safety is Our Priority

St. Mary’s is continually striving to achieve our vision of being the safest and most effective hospital in Canada. Our hospital publishes reports on annual hand hygiene rates, monthly C. difficile infection rates, and quarterly MRSA and VRE bloodstream infection rates to Health Quality Ontario. View our Publicly Reported Indicators - Patient Safety.