Infection Control Resource Teams (ICRT) are available to support hospitals and other health care settings during outbreaks, particularly Clostridium difficile outbreaks. These teams consist of physicians, infection prevention and control practitioners and epidemiologists and who have expertise in outbreak management and infection prevention and control.
The teams are deployed upon request by either the local public health unit or health care setting to provide scientific advice to the requesting institution. A one-day visit is typical where interviews are conducted with key players in the institution, and audits to affected areas of the institution are conducted. The requesting facility receives a report with recommendations for improvement related to the outbreak. Follow up support is available from regional IPAC staff who will be involved in the review process.
Many of the ICRT visits conducted to date have been for Clostridium difficile . They have revealed similar issues such as prompt isolation, environmental cleaning, hand hygiene and antimicrobial stewardship. The resources linked here provide information and guidance on these issues.