Over the past year the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Action Teams have made progress on many actions from the IPAC Action Plan including: developing and launching programs aimed at preventing and controlling infections through behavioural change strategies and development of a pan-Canadian set of case definitions for surveillance of healthcare associated infections.
Since the last update, CPSI, using its international Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science Faculty has developed a knowledge translation and implementation science education webinar series. This is an exciting 6-part series of interactive webinars designed to build capacity in the basic principles of knowledge translation and implementation science. The webinar series is designed as a suite, with each session building on the last and thus is ideally suited to those who can participate in all six. The series is intended to create awareness of barriers knowledge translation principles and assist in identifying barriers to uptake of knowledge.
With respect to the development of pan-Canadian set of case definitions for surveillance of healthcare associated infections, collectively we have identified the set of case definitions for both acute and long-term care. With the ultimate goal being widespread adoption and application of these definitions across the country, work is underway to disseminate the new long-term care definitions and implement strategies to promote pan-Canadian adoption of both the long-term care and acute care definitions.