Infection Prevention and Control

At Providence, we are committed to protecting the health and well-being of everyone within our organization. Our Infection Prevention and Control department is responsible for working with our patients, staff and visitors to minimize the risk of hospital-acquired infections. We achieve this through various methods, including surveillance, education, collaboration and working with our Infection Prevention and Control committee.

Why Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands is the best way to control and prevent the spread of germs and infection. We have sanitizing stations available for you to use at all our entrances as well as on walls throughout Providence.

Public Reporting

All Ontario hospitals are required to publicly report rates of C. difficile, MRSA, VRE and Hand Hygiene within their organization. Providence Healthcare welcomes this initiative as an excellent way to foster transparency and awareness of patient safety. Follow the links below for our Hospital rates as well as answers to questions you may have on Hand Hygiene, C. difficile, MRSA and VRE.

Infection Control Core Competencies

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, in collaboration with the Ontario Hospital Association, and the Ministry of Labour, has launched the Infection Prevention Core Competencies Education (IPCCE) for all health care providers. The core competencies are interactive and self-learning packages, which include three modules on the Chain of Transmission, Hand Hygiene and Routine Practices.

These concepts are basic principles in the prevention and control of infections. Our health care providers complete the modules at the start of their employment and then yearly as part of their annual performance evaluation.

Information for Providence Healthcare Students

Welcome to Providence!  Providence has a strong commitment to patient and staff safety.  For your part, we ask that you adhere to infection prevention and control practices.  Before your first clinical assignment, review the slides on the infection prevention and control core competencies.  At the end of the session, print and complete the review sheet and return it to your clinical instructor.

Thank you for your cooperation and we wish you a safe and enjoyable placement at Providence.