This year marks the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committees (PIDAC). In 2004, Operation Health Protection called for bold, system-wide changes to strengthen Ontario’s public health system in the wake of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Ten years later, PIDAC has not only fulfilled the vision set out in the plan but also exceeded all expectations. In an event marking this significant milestone, Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s former Chief Medical Officer of Health, noted: “Enough cannot be said about the impact your work has had on all of us. I’m pleased to note that PIDAC’s expertise and accomplishments have been recognized across Canada and internationally. We’re seeing more and more Canadian health care organizations that adopt PIDAC’s best practice documents.”
In ten short years, PIDAC has achieved a level of success that surpasses the ambitions of the original investment made by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Since that time, PIDAC’s work has come under the umbrella of Public Health Ontario and continues to be a source of evidence-based guidance for those working in health care settings and beyond.
Over the coming year, the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee on Infection Prevention and Control (PIDAC-IPC) will turn its attention to developing new and updating existing products in an effort to ensure that the library of best practice documents reflects the most recent evidence. The first ten years of PIDAC focused on developing a robust library of evidence-based best practices and tools. Going forward, PIDAC will focus on advancing the field of IPAC in new and innovative ways. Further, the leaders of the three PIDAC committees will change over the coming months. Of particular note is PHO’s recognition of Dr. Mary Vearncombe, whose leadership of PIDAC-IPC spans the ten years since its creation.
On June 11, 2014, PIDAC members and PHO staff came together to reflect on a decade since PIDAC’s establishment. In marking this ten-year milestone, PHO’s interim CEO Dr. George Pasut remarked, “From 2004 to today, PIDAC and its members (past and present) have spearheaded, informed, and facilitated many of the most important developments in our province as they relate to infection prevention and control. Many of these are reflected in a significant library of best practice documents that can be found on PHO’s website; this library has been referenced and adopted by individuals and organizations in Ontario, across Canada, and internationally. The accomplishments of this group have been profound and are evident in health care settings across the province. It has been an absolute privilege and a complement to PHO’s work to have such a high-calibre committee of experts as part of our organization.”
Reflecting on 10 Years of PIDAC
How can I incorporate guidance from PIDAC best practice documents into the IPAC program at my facility?
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