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Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) lapses related to unsafe injection practices and basic infection control breaches continue despite clear best practice guidelines. It is a challenge in the field to identify, manage and track lapses due to unique characteristics of each situation, and complexities of roles and responsibilities within varied settings and jurisdictions. This session will present examples of IPAC breaches and adverse outcomes for patients, including acquisition of bloodborne pathogen infections. Discussion will focus on current and future strategies to both mitigate negative outcomes, and improve practice through partnerships and use of audit tools and resources. Adoption of implementation science principles in changing human behaviour is an exciting next step.
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Presenter: Dr. Maureen Cividino
Dr. Cividino completed her MD and family medicine residency at McMaster University. In 1998 she received both her certification with the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine and Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. She has maintained her Certification in Infection Prevention Control and Epidemiology originally obtained in 2008, and provides IPAC Physician support to Public Health Ontario and is a member of the PIDAC Infection Prevention and Control Committee. Dr. Cividino is Co-Chair of the OHA/OMA Communicable Disease Surveillance Protocols Committee, Past-Chair of the OMA Section on Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Past- President of the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada.
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