In 2009, the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health’s Infection Prevention and Control Working Group developed consensus-based policies for all hospitals providing maternal-newborn services in Ontario. The goal was to improve quality and consistency in infection control practices. The Regional Infection Control Networks (RICNs) provided education on these policies to all maternal-newborn units and hospital infection control professionals in 2009-10. The post-implementation survey indicated a need for an ongoing expert advisory committee to review the policies and develop evidence-based infection prevention and control recommendations. In 2011, the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee on Infection Prevention and Control (PIDAC-IPC) began the work of creating a best practice document on infection prevention and control in perinatal care.
Dr. Mary Verncombe:
Dr. Vearncombe is a medical microbiologist and medical director of infection prevention and control at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She is an associate professor in the department of laboratory medicine and pathobiology at the University of Toronto, chair of the OHA/OMA Joint Committee for Development of Communicable Disease Surveillance Protocols for Ontario Hospitals, chair of the Expert Panel on Infection Control for the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto, a member of the Steering Committee on Infection Control Guidelines of Health Canada, chair of the Health Canada working group on Infection Prevention and Control and Occupational Health Guidelines for Pandemic Influenza and medical coordinator of the RICNs.
Dr. Vearncombe is a past-president of the Canadian Association of Medical Microbiologists and a past-chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Specialty Committee in Medical Microbiology. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada Distinguished Service Award. In 2007, she received the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Council Award and in 2010, she received the inaugural Community and Hospital Infection Control Association (CHICA-Canada) Champion Award.
Isabelle Langman is the network coordinator of Public Health Ontario’s Northeastern Ontario Infection Control Network. An experienced infection control professional, Isabelle entered the field of infection prevention and control in 2001. She holds a certification in infection control. Isabelle led the roll-out of the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health’s consensus-based infection prevention and control recommendations that were distributed to all perinatal programs in Ontario. She continues to support these programs and acts as an external consultant to the PIDAC-IPC team on the development of the best practices document on infection prevention and control in perinatal care.
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