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Infection Prevention & Control

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) service at Hotel Dieu Shaver is an essential part of quality patient care.

Our key goals are to protect our patients from health-care associated infections and to prevent the spread of infection among patients, health care providers, visitors, and others in our health-care environment.

Hand Hygiene

Good hand hygiene is the single most important way to prevent the spread of infection. At HDSHRC, you can expect your health care provider to clean their hands before providing care. Please clean your hands

  • when you enter or exit your room or the hospital,
  • before and after eating and drinking,
  • after using the bathroom, and
  • after covering a cough or a sneeze.

There are two methods for hand hygiene:

1. Soap & Water

  • Wet your hands;
  • Use enough soap to lather thoroughly, and continue washing for at least 15 seconds;
  • Thoroughly rinse the soap from your hands;
  • Dry your hands thoroughly, using a paper towel;
  • Turn off the taps with the paper towel in order to avoid picking up germs left by dirty hands.

Soap and water should be used if your hands are visibly soiled.

    2. Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

    • Apply 1-2 pumps of alcohol rub (an amount the size of a loonie) into one hand;
    • Spread the alcohol rub over your hands and continue rubbing for at least 15 seconds.

    Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are located throughout the facility and are considered the best method for hand hygiene.

    Whichever method you use, pay special attention to

    • your finger tips,
    • the areas between your fingers,
    • the backs of your hands, and
    • the base of the thumbs.

    Remind family members and friends to clean their hands before they visit and before they leave the hospital.

    Hand Hygiene Rate Reporting

    April 2019:

    • 90.37% compliance before initial patient/patient environment
    • 93.75% compliance after patient/patient environment.

    Current Statistics: Infectious Diseases

    Number of New Cases Rate of Infection Dates Historical Records
    CDI 1 0 Dec 25, 2021 [PDF Coming Soon}
    MRSA 0 0 Dec 25, 2021 [PDF Coming Soon]
    VRE 0 0 Dec 25, 2021 [PDF Coming Soon]

    * Rate is calculated as follows: Number of new hospital acquired (HA) cases in our facility x 1000 divided by total number of patient days (for one month).

    Respiratory Etiquette

    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash as soon as you can.
    • Always wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, using the bathroom, coughing, or after touching used tissues or handkerchiefs.
    • Wash hands often if you are sick.
    • Encourage family members and friends not to visit if they are ill.

    Influenza & Pneumococcal Vaccines

    In a continued effort to prevent outbreaks, all patients admitted to Hotel Dieu Shaver during the influenza season (October to April) are offered the influenza vaccine. You will be given an information fact sheet about the vaccine by your nurse and then asked to sign a consent form before your doctor orders the vaccine.

    The Pneumococcal vaccine is available if required. Your nurse will provide you with an information fact sheet on admission. Please talk to your doctor if you have questions about the Pneumococcal vaccine.

    Antibiotic-Resistant Organisms

    In order to prevent the spread of multi-resistant organisms, such as MRSA and VRE, once you have been admitted to the hospital, the nursing staff will obtain a swab from your nose, rectum, and any other open areas. It may be necessary for you to move to isolation in a private room if the results are positive.

    If you are isolated, you will receive information fact sheets about your ARO. You may still attend therapy and leave your room. However, in order for you to leave your room you must comply with the 5 C's. Please talk to your nurse to determine if you can leave your room, and review the 'Checklist for a Patient in Contact Precautions to Leave Their Room'.

    The 5 C's include

    • Clean hands;
    • Clean clothing and equipment;
    • Contained drainage;
    • Continent (or Contained);
    • Compliant (with instructions).


    An outbreak is declared when there is an increase in the number of patients with the same type of infection, such as a cold, diarrhea, or vomiting. Outbreaks are declared in an effort to limit the spread of infection to other patients on the unit, as well as to other patients throughout the hospital.

    In an outbreak, the following occurs:

    • Signs will be placed at the entrances to the hospital and the unit, explaining the responsibilities of family and visitors.
    • If you have symptoms, you will be asked to stay in your room in order to prevent the spread of the infection.
    • Health care providers will wear personal protective equipment, such as gowns, gloves, and masks, during direct patient care to prevent the spread of the infection.
    • If you are on the same unit but do not have symptoms, you can move around the unit, but you cannot leave the unit to go to other areas of the hospital. Your therapy may occur on the unit.
    • Family and visitors should not visit if they are feeling unwell.

    Frequent hand hygiene is the best measure to prevent the spread of infection to you and your loved ones.

      Information fact sheets are available for your nurse or to download (below):

      What is C. Difficile? | Download
      What is Methicillin-Resistant Staphlycococcus Aureus (MRSA)? | Download
      What is Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) | Download
      What is Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase Producing Bacteria (ESBL)? | Download
      Handwashing | Download
      Visitors Infection Control
      | Download