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PHO Rounds: Unique Challenges Requiring Unique Solutions! The Northwestern Infection Control Network and First Nations
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave. Suite 300, Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350 & Webinar



This presentation will provide an overview of a reprocessing forum (how medical devices or equipment are sorted, cleaned, disinfected, sterilized and stored) for housekeeping and dental staff from twenty-seven isolated First Nation community nursing stations in Sioux Lookout Zone in 2008. Presenters will describe subsequent and current infection prevention and control initiatives that have arisen from this 2008 work. Presenters will also discuss the challenges encountered in developing standardized reprocessing equipment, supplies and practices across all communities.

Karen Clinker
Karen graduated in nursing from Lakehead University in 1977. She moved to Alberta and spent twenty seven years as the manager of occupational health and safety under the Alberta Mental Health Board.  She began to focus full-time on infection control in 2004 with the David Thompson Health Region, and obtained her initial Certificate in Infection Control in September 2005.  Karen has been the infection control consultant for the Northwestern Ontario Infection Control Network (NWOICN) since 2006. She is currently in her second term as the director of programs and projects for the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association – Canada (CHICA – Canada).

Pat Piaskowski 
Pat Piaskowski has been the network coordinator for NWOICN since its inception in 2005. Pat has a bachelor‘s degree (honour’s) in nursing from Lakehead University and a Certificate in Infection Control.  She is an editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Infection Control and is the former president of CHICA - Canada. She is a member of the PIDAC Infection Prevention and Control Committee and CSA Sterilization Technical Standards Committee.  Prior to joining the NWOICN Pat led the Infection Prevention and Control program at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and worked in long-term care as an infection control practitioner.

This event is open to all.

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