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Over the past 30 years, public health has seen huge advances in new antimicrobials, better and speedier diagnostic testing, and a wide array of technological improvements in the field of health care. Despite these amazing advances, health care environments remain dangerous in large part due to human errors and infection control lapses. This presentation will highlight some lessons learned from the past and discuss possible ways to improve the adoption of infection prevention and control practices in order to make the healthcare environment safer for patients and workers.
Presenter: Dr. Gary Garber
Dr. Gary Garber is the chief of infectious disease prevention and control at Public Health Ontario. In this role, Dr. Garber provides medical and scientific leadership on infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship and the research direction for the PHO IPAC team.
He is an infectious diseases physician based at The Ottawa Hospital where he focuses on infections in the immune compromised host, HIV and Viral Hepatitis. He is currently a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto.
Dr. Garber received his BSc from McGill, and his medical degree from the University of Calgary. He trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and infectious diseases at the University of British Columbia. His research is in the appropriate use of antibiotics and novel compounds, sepsis, pathogenesis of Trichomonas vaginalis and infection prevention and control interventions to reduce nosocomial infections.
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