The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and Safer Healthcare Now! (SHN) are pleased to announce members selected for the pan-Canadian Hand Hygiene Faculty. This volunteer group will collaboratively strategize ways to urge optimal hand hygiene practices as an effective method of reducing healthcare associated infections. Members of this new Faculty, which includes educators, administrators, researchers, social marketing experts, and policy and decision makers in patient safety, hand hygiene and infection control, are:
- Chantal Backman, Ottawa, ON - Registered Nurse (RN), Ottawa Hospital
- Stephen Black, Toronto, ON - Architect, Farrow Partnership Architects
- Gwen Brown, Killaloe, ON - RN/Special Projects Coordinator, St. Francis Memorial Hospital
- Melissa Crump, Vancouver, BC - Infection Control Practitioner, Vancouver General Hospital
- Kathleen Ann Dunn, Ottawa, ON - Head, Infection Prevention and Control Program, Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control
- Betty Fradgley, Sherwood Park, AB - RN and Manager, Clinical, Education, Consult and Quality Teams, Seniors Health – Edmonton
- Jane Kirk, Toronto, ON - Clinical Specialist, GOJO Industries Ltd.
- Anne-Marie Lowe, Montréal, QC - Infectious Diseases Scientific counsellor, Institut National de Santé publique du Québec
- Kathryn McGhie, London, ON - RN/Professional Services Specialist, 3M Infection Prevention Solutions
- Matthew Paul Muller, Toronto, ON - Hospital Epidemiologist and Infectious Diseases Consultant, St. Michael’s Hospital
- Laurie O’Neil, Calgary, AB - RN/ Nurse Consultant, Public Health Agency of Canada, Nosocomial and Occupational Infections Section
- Jennifer Plant, Timmins, ON - RRT, Organizational Quality and Patient Safety Leader, Timmins and District Hospital
- Colleen Snelgrove, Thunder Bay, ON - RN/Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
- Angela Thomas, Toronto, ON - RN, Infection Control Practitioner, University Health Network
- Jonathon Mitchell, Ottawa, ON- Lead, Accreditation Program Development, Accreditation Canada
Safer Healthcare Now! representatives supporting the Hand Hygiene Faculty include:
- Paule Bernier, Montreal, QC - Safety Improvement Advisor, Soins de santé plus sécuritaires maintenant!
- Virginia Flintoft, Toronto, ON - Project Manager, Central Measurement Team – Safer Healthcare Now!
- Dr. Michael Gardam, Toronto, ON - National Intervention Lead, New Approach to Controlling Superbugs, Safer Healthcare Now!/ Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion
- Leah Gitterman, Toronto, ON - Co-Lead, New Approach to Controlling Superbugs, Safer Healthcare Now!
- Anne Maclaurin, Edmonton, AB - Project Manager, Safer Healthcare Now!
- Marie Owen, Edmonton, AB - Director of Operations, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
- Theresa Fillatre, Dartmouth, NS - Atlantic Canada Leader, Safer Healthcare Now!
Chris Hayes, Toronto, ON- Medical Officer, Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Safer Healthcare Now!
Denise Sorel, Edmonton, AB- Project Manager, Safer Healthcare Now!
An inaugural meeting of the Hand Hygiene Faculty took place on March 2, 2011, where members discussed the development of a pan-Canadian strategy to spread Canada’s Hand Hygiene Challenge across the healthcare system and plans for Stop Clean Your Hands Day, scheduled for Thursday, May 5, 2011. Going forward, the Faculty will focus on improving hand hygiene compliance rates through a variety of educational, promotional and measurement activities. They will provide guidance to Canada’s Hand Hygiene Challenge and support Safer Healthcare Now! teams across the continuum of care, providing expert advice and best practices. Their expertise will also be used in the development and revision of hand hygiene tools and resources, such as the Hand Hygiene Toolkit.
Faculty members will participate in National Calls and online discussion forums, sharing information and resources, and responding to enquiries from healthcare practitioners. Watch for opportunities to learn from them, to help implement and sustain an effective hand hygiene program for your organization at www.handhygiene.ca