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2019 Conjoint Conference2019 IPAC Canada Conference

IPAC Canada and IFIC 2019 Conjoint Conference
Date: May 26 - 29, 2019
Event Location: Québec Convention Centre
Headquarter Hotel: Hilton Québec

Main Presentations  

Sunday 26th May, 2019

Preconference Day Concurrent Sessions

Long Term Care Workshop

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
8:30 am - 9:15 am
Building a United Front: Standardizing Long Term Care Surveillance Definitions
The session will be a review of surveillance data definitions and a discussion on the benefits of having national standardized surveillance case definitions in long term care. The presenter will explore how standardization assists the Long Term Care ICP to improve surveillance processes. 

Marilyn Weinmaster RN BScN CIC, Infection Control Practitioner – Regional, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina, Saskatchewan
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9:15 am - 10 am
A Moment in Time – Using the Current State to Inspire Change: 2019 Prevalence Survey in Canadian LTC Facilities
The presenter will provide an overview of the LTC prevalence survey and how it can be used to guide ARO surveillance and management in LTC. Attendees will get a glimpse into the current status of the survey and see preliminary results.
Claudia Rank, Senior Epidemiologist, Surveillance and Epidemiology, Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
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10 am - 10:30 am

An Innovative Leap into the Possible Future of Surveillance in LTC: Sharing Preliminary Results from the Public Health Ontario LTC HAIs Surveillance Project

The presenters will share the goals and the preliminary results of the Public Health Ontario LTC HAIs Surveillance Pilot Project. In addition, the facilitators and the barriers in implementing LTC HAIs surveillance program will be reviewed.

Bois Marufov MD MSc CIC, Team Lead – Regional IPAC Team – Central West, Public Health Ontario, Cambridge, Ontario
Wendy Miller RN, Infection Control Consultant, Schlegel Villages, Kitchener, Ontario
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10:45 am - 11:15 am
Inspiring Practice Change Through the Use of Audit Tools
The presenter will review auditing tools that can be used by healthcare providers to evaluate their current practices and influence change in the LTC environment.
Mandy Deeves BScN RN MPH CIC, IPAC Program Specialist, Public Health Ontario, Orillia, Ontario
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11:15 am - noon.
Putting Your Best Foot Forward: New Foot Care IPAC Guidelines and Reprocessing
Participants will receive an update on IPAC guidelines related
to foot care provision with a focus on reprocessing of critical foot care equipment.
Clare Barry BN MSc CIC, IPAC Consultant, Toronto, Ontario
Merlee Steele Rodway RN CERT, IPAC/MDR Consultant, Mount Pearl, Newfoundland & Labrador
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Paediatrics and Neonatal Half Day Workshop

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
9:00 am - 9:45 am Current Challenges in Driving System-Level Improvements in Pediatric IPAC

The presenter will address what is QI and its relevance to pediatric IPAC; leadership and change management; and the role of IPAC and partnerships

Richard Wray RN BA MN, Director, Infection Prevention and Control Program, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario
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9:45 am - 10:15 am Reality Check: Challenges with Reporting Data from Various Sources

Describing the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), Association for Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Canada (AMMI), and Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) experience, the presenter will review the landscape of definitions and how we can influence and leverage IPAC and National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) definitions to rule? 

Dr. Nisha Thampi, MD, MSc
Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control Program
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa

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10:30 am - 11:15 am Challenges of IPAC in the NICU

Discussion on establishing safe EBM storage, pasteurization and
use in the nursery. Objectives: Discuss challenges unique to the
NICU; Discuss IPAC issues pertaining to breast milk.

Caroline Quach MD MSc, Medical Lead, Infection Prevention and Control, CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal, Québec

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11:15 am - 12:00 noon

Challenges for environmental cleaning in pediatric healthcare

During this session the attendees will learn about the different pathogens that survived in the environment and that can be involved in the pediatric's nosocomial infections. They will also learn about the different environmental reservoir can be the source of nosocomial infections. The reality of a new hospital, family centered with single rooms and how it can impact on the environment disinfection will also be discussed. 

Nadia Desmarais - CHU Sainte-Justine
Laurie Streitenberger - The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

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Inspiring Hand Hygiene Change: Integrating Innovative Approaches to
Improve Your Infection Control Program - 
 Half Day Workshop

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
1:40 - 2:05 pm Influencing Change by Building Meaningful

Hand hygiene performance improvement efforts often begin with focusing on behavior change of frontline healthcare workers. This strategy often presents challenges to achieving sustained results. During this presentation, Dr. Ford will discuss the importance of building partnerships with others for the accomplishment of behavior change. He will identify four key conversations that generate engagement, reduce resistance, and lead to successful change.

Jeffrey D. Ford PhD, Professor Emeritus of Management, Department of Management and Human Resources, Fisher College of Business,The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

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2:10 pm - 2:35 pm
The State of Hand Hygiene in Canadian Healthcare:
How Do We Keep Moving Forward?

There is no question that IPAC programs across Canada have made great progress in changing the culture of hand hygiene in our  hospitals. It is also clear that we still have a long journey ahead of us to establish and sustain best practice for protecting our patients. Dr. McGeer will present a perspective on how far we have come, what questions we still need to answer, and what options are for continuing to make progress.

Allison McGeer MD FRCPC, Director of Infection Control, Sinai Health System, Toronto, Ontario
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2:40 pm - 3:10 pm

Innovative Approaches to Reinvigorate Your Hand Hygiene Program

Learn about the practice of Accountability/Coaching Calls and how one hospital has managed improving their hand hygiene rates along with the use of electronic compliance monitoring. Dr. Landon will share innovative approaches to reinvigorate your hand hygiene program exploring the different interventions and which are most effective for hand hygiene improvement.

Emily Landon MD, Hospital Epidemiologist and Medical Director for the Infection Control Program, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

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3:30 pm - 4:05 pm
Monitor, Measure and Sustain Hand Hygiene
Compliance: A Literature Review and Practical
Advancements in technology have opened up new possibilities to better measure and monitor hand hygiene performance and compliance. Dr. Boyce will explore successful approaches and
programs to improve and combine direct observation methods
and automated hand hygiene electronic compliance monitoring.
Learn what the literature tells us and how systems can be implemented to provide high value quantitative data for a more
realistic measurement of compliance along with ways you can
improve hand hygiene performance in your setting.
John M. Boyce MD, President, J.M Boyce Consulting, LLC, Middletown, Connecticut
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4:10 pm - 4:35 pm
The Many Ways to Involve Patients in Hand Hygiene
Increasingly, the role of patients is being transformed from passive recipients of care to being involved to take an active role in the care process. Through this presentation, Dr. Longtin will provide an overview of the multiple ways patients can be involved in hand hygiene. He will review the effectiveness of these strategies and provide tips and ideas for implementing these strategies.
Yves Longtin MD FRCPC CIC, Chair, Infection Prevention and Control Unit, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Québec
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Monday 27th May, 2019

Keynote Speaker

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
9 am - 9:45 am

Alicia R. Cole

Alicia R. Cole is an actress, known for Beverly Hills 90210 (1990), American Tragedy (2000) and Renegade (1992). She now tells her own patient story in a memorable, compelling presentation. Following routine surgery in August 2006, Alicia developed a surgical site infection (SSI) that manifested as necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesh-eating disease. She will share her journey through the challenges and survival of sepsis, helping us to truly focus on the patient as the center of all we do. Alicia spends much of her time sharing her story as a patient advocate for the prevention of HAIs and tirelessly promoting patient safety in all settings.

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9:45 am - 10:15 am

Michael Bell

The presenter will provide a brief overview of current and anticipated challenges and potential solutions in outbreak settings and for routine care delivery in resource-limited settings.

Michael Bell MD, Deputy Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia

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Monday Morning
Concurrent Session 1: Antibiotic Stewardship

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
10:50 am - 11:50 am

Infection Control: At the Heart of Antibiotic Stewardship

Increasing antimicrobial resistance is a national public health concern that has sparked an international initiative to look closely at antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP). The prevention and control of infections are intrinsically linked with use of antimicrobial agents and the spread of Multi-Drug-Resistant-Organisms. Infection control professionals have an integral part of the ASP. They possess
a unique skillset and are major contributor to the ASP, without sacrificing basic infection prevention responsibilities. In this session we will review how Infection Control Surveillance easily leads to identifying inappropriate antibiotic usage; how this data is key in supporting the stewardship team; how it can help facilitate front line staff to get on board with the program through education and
information sharing for the purpose of keeping patients safe from infection and our antimicrobials effective for future generations.
Charles Frenette MD, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal
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Concurrent Session 3: Immunization

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
10:50 am - 11:50 am

US Vaccine Safety: CDC’s monitoring and assessment systems

The presenter will provide a summary of CDC’s vaccine safety
programs and examples of recent efforts.

Michael Bell MD, Deputy Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia

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10:50 am - 11:50 am Why Be Vaccinated?

Vaccinating healthcare workers against influenza yearly is a daunting task where most of us fail miserably to achieve high vaccination coverage rates. Mandatory vaccination and the vaccinate-or-mask policy have been successful, yet are not adopted in many jurisdictions. What is so peculiar about the influenza vaccine? What can we do to convince our peers to get vaccinated (and is it worth it)?

Caroline Quach MD MSc, Medical Lead, Infection Prevention and Control, CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal, Québec

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Monday Afternoon
Concurrent Session 1: Surveillance

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
4 pm - 5:30 pm
Surveillance of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Limited-Resourced Countries – Opportunities and Challenge
After this session, participants should be able to describe the key concepts and methods for conducting HAI surveillance, Participants should be able to describe the essential elements of the HAI surveillance system, Participants should be able to understand the challenges and ways to overcome barriers for successful implementation of HAI surveillance programs, particularly in LMIC countries.
Dr. Maha Talaat, Regional Advisor AMR, Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, World Health Organization, Cairo, Egypt
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4 pm - 5:30 pm Outbreaks in Different Settings

Québec's National Institute of Public Health provides services to the province in several ways, including training and mobilizing field epidemiologists to work with local or regional public health teams in response to an unusual health event. This session will present these services and demonstrate with two outbreaks in which support was provided. The first is an outbreak which initially started in the  nosocomial setting but then spread to the community affecting more than 1400 people. The next outbreak occurred in a small town where the main water supply was suspected to be the source of the outbreak. Lessons learned will be discussed in conclusion.

Mirielle Barakat MSc, Institut national de santé publique du Québec, Montreal, Québec

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4 pm - 5:30 pm C.auris : Emergence of a multi drug resistant fungus

Candida auris (C. auris) is an emerging fungal pathogen capable of causing invasive disease, particularly in critically ill patient populations. It has been linked to several healthcare associated outbreaks around the globe and can be multidrug-resistant (typically resistant to fluconazole). Healthcare practitioners, microbiology and IPAC staff should familiarize themselves with this organism as well as policies and procedures for its identification and control. The presenter will provide information on the epidemiology and clinical significance of C. auris and how to implement interventions to prevent the emergence of C. auris.

Matthew Muller MD PhD FRCPC, Associate Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control Providence St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s Healthcare Toronto, Ontario
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Concurrent Session 2: Strategies for Mitigating Risks in the Environment of Care: A Look Into the Future

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
4 pm - 5:30 pm

Strategies for Mitigating Risks in the Environment of Care: A Look Into the Future

Session objectives:
  • Identify core and adjunctive approaches and technologies that serve to address risks associated with the clinical environment of care
  • Describe strategies to foster a interprofessional approach to integrating an environment of care program into the infection control program
  • Explore the impact of emerging pathogens, the changing healthcare environment, and healthcare interventions of the future and their impact across the healthcare continuum of care
  • Role of the Clinical Environment of Care
  • Core vs. Adjunctive Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Technologies
  • Emerging Pathogens and Technological Advancements
  • Future Approaches to Infection Control and the Clinical Environment of Care
Ruth Carrico PhD DNP APRN FNP-C CIC FSHEA, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director, Global Health Center, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky
Hudson Garrett PhD MSN MPH FNP PLNC VA-BC IP-BC FACDONA FAAPM FNAP, Associate Diseases, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky
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Concurrent Session 3: Adapting IP&C in Unconventional Spaces

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
4 pm - 5:30 pm
Risks and Competing Priorities in Water Management
Water management is a critical element in public health but hospital patients often have increased susceptibility to waterborne infection. Water is essential for so many aspects of healthcare but very little can be guaranteed contamination-free. This presentation will explore a pragmatic approach to water-related risk assessments.

Karren Staniforth MSc, Clinical Scientist, Nottingham University Hospitals, NHS Trust, UK
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4 pm - 5:30 pm
Water in Healthcare – Emerging Risks
The presentation is primarily aimed at organisms other than legionella which may be spread within the healthcare setting. It will detail the types of organisms, how they are spread and offer potential solutions. Hand washing is seen as the most important barrier to cross infection. However, use of a handwash station is not
without attendant risks which will be reviewed in the course of the presentation. The role of water/ waste water in the transmission of Carbapenemase producing Enterobacteriaciae will also be reviewed.
Michael Weinbren MBBS MSC FRCPath, Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Consultant Microbiologist, UHCW, NHS Trust, UK
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Concurrent Session 6: Adapting IP&C in Unconventional Spaces - In collaboration with Healthcare Infection Society (HIS)

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
4 pm - 5:30 pm

Design Considerations 

Facility design can be a fundamental aspect of IPC and getting it right first time is important. Whilst there are accepted design criteria in conventional surgical facilities, there are fewer consensuses in many other areas of healthcare design. This presentation will identify some of those other areas, discuss the perceived risks and explore design measures to minimize those risks.

Peter Hoffman, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Public Health

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Tuesday 28th May, 2019

Graham Ayliffe Lectureship

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
8:30 am - 9:15 am

Behaviour Change 101: Why is Getting People to Follow Simple IPC Procedures So Difficult and What Can We Do About It?

Winner of the prestigious 2019 Graham Ayliffe Lectureship (sponsored by IFIC), Dr. Borg will review the machinations of the
decision making process that led to the historic slogan “It’s the economy, stupid.” (James Carville 1992) because it is so similar
and relevant to infection prevention and control. For all the discussions on a myriad of issues including education, procedures etc. that we find in conference programmes, it is ultimately all about human behavior.

Professor Michael A. Borg, Head, Departments of Infection Control and Sterile Services, Mater Dei Hospital, Msida, Malta

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Becoming and Effective Leader: Key Skills for Maximizing your Leadership Potential

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
9:15 am - 10:15 am

Becoming and Effective Leader: Key Skills for Maximizing your Leadership Potential

Specialists in infection prevention and control are agents of change, and therefore, leaders. To bring about safer, high quality health care practices, implementation at the point of care is critical. Often, we are leading from the front lines, as content experts. In this presentation, we will address how to acknowledge our leadership roles and enhance our leadership skills. We will focus on developing three key skills that correlate with success as a leader, Confidence, Grit and Resilience, and offer specific strategies to maximize each of these factors to thrive and succeed.

The goal of this workshop is for participants to:

  • Appreciate how they can influence and lead with expertise and knowledge
  • Identify the 3 key skills to enhance their leadership skills: Confidence, Grit, Resilience
  • Gain the confidence to feel self-assured in your ability, talent and work
  • Ensure the grit and tenacity to work hard, keep going, stick to it, even during tough times
  • Maintain personal balance and resilience as a leader

Mamta Gautam, MD MBA FRCPC CCPE CPE, Ottawa, Ontario

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Tuesday Morning
Concurrent Session 1: Patient Engagement and the Link to IPAC

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
10:50 am - 11:50 am

Patient Engagement and the link to Infection Prevention and Control Practices

In collaboration with the Health Standards Organization (HSO)
Moderator: Louise Clément MD, Executive Director, Health
Standards Organization & Accreditation Canada

  • Dr. Louise Clément, Executive Director, Health Education
    Assessment and Clinical Partnership
  • Hélène Campbell, Patient Leader
  • Chantal Soucy, IPC Practitioner
  • Bonnie Lantz, IPC & Risk Management
  • Margaret MacLennan, Patient Voice Volunteer 
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Concurrent Session 2: Adult Learning Styles

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
10:50 am - 11:50 am Applying Adult Learning Principles for Effective Teaching

Education is not covered in traditional healthcare training; however effective education is a significant component of Infection Preventionist competencies. Educational models for healthcare training have been explored and evaluated based on content and application. In this session, we will review the principles of adult learning for achieving effective teaching.

University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina and President of Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

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10:50 am - 11:50 am
Advantages, Pitfalls, and Lessons Learned from
High-tech Learning and Teaching Strategies
Using electronic media to provide education and professional opportunities can appear as the panacea for flexibility of delivery – participants can work through the material as time permits, and without the financial or time constraints of attending workshops or seminars in person. However, even with meticulous planning and forethought, not all may go according to plan. In this session, we will
examine some of the pitfalls and lessons learned, with the expectation of smooth sailing for future endeavours.

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank RN PhD FACN
CICP-E, Professor of Nursing Research, University
of Technology, Sydney, Australia
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Concurrent Session 3: Professional Development

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
10:50 am - 11:50 am Embracing Diversity – A Future Vision for the
Development of Infection Prevention and Control

Infection prevention and control teams have traditionally sat as a department on their own right with input into other departments within the hospital setting as required. However increasingly in the UK, Infection Prevention and Control teams are combining with other specialist teams under one management structure. Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a new and innovative approach to Infection prevention and control services by combining the Infection prevention and control team with tissue viability and vascular access services under the one umbrella of Infection Prevention Services. This presentation will examine how this strategy was implemented, the pitfalls, how successful has it been and how this approach can continue to make improvements for our patients in the future.

Valya Weston RGN RN(USA) MSc, Head of Service, Associate Director Infection Prevention and Control, Alder Hey Children’s
NHS Foundation Trust, West Derby, UK
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10:50 am - 11:50 am
Developing Competencies for Infection Prevention Professionals – A Review

Globally, a number of professional societies, including the United Kingdom Infection Prevention Society (IPS), as well as national, regional and international organizations have developed and published competences for infection prevention and related professionals. In some, but not all, settings these competency frameworks align with professional credentials and describe the requirements for professional practice. Other frameworks are designed primarily for individual professional development. This presentation will summarize the development of infection prevention competences and compare and contrast current examples from different parts of the world. IPS competences are available to practitioners in resource-limited settings through special access (free of charge) IPS membership

Neil Wigglesworth PhD MPH BSc (Hons) PG cert (health research) RN MFPH, Director, Infection Prevention and Control, Guy’s & St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
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Tuesday Afternoon
Concurrent Session 2: Choosing Wisely

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Choosing Wisely Canada Nursing List

Choosing Wisely is an international initiative to promote doctorpatient
conversations on unnecessary tests, treatments, and procedures. In 2016, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) produced the first Canadian nursing list. Recognizing IPAC as integral to the work of nurses, CNA asked IPAC Canada to partner to create the first Canadian nursing specialty list. This presentation will outline our process and focus on our list, “Seven Things Nurses and Patients Should Question in Infection and Prevention Control”.

Madeleine Ashcroft RN BScN MHS CIC, Public Health Ontario, Oakville
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Concurrent Session 3: Manuscript Development

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Manuscript Preparation: How to Get Your Paper Published

This session is designed for new authors planning to write (or writing) their first manuscript for publication. This session will outline steps to follow and provide attendees with some useful tips and resources that will maximize the chance of your submission being accepted.

Kathryn Suh MD FRCPC CIC, Editor, International Journal of Infection Control; Director, Infection Prevention and Control Program, The Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus, Ottawa, Ontario
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Wednesday 28th May, 2019

Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
8:45 am - 9:15 am


This session will present five most relevant and significant research studies in IPAC from the past year. The presenter will review studies pertaining to IPAC epidemiology, microbiology, and clinical practice.

Joseph Kim MD FRCPC, Infectious Disease Consultant, University of Calgary, Department of Medicine, Calgary, Alberta

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Time Title, Author, Description Handouts Available
9:15 am - 10:15 am
More than half of all infections that people can get can be spread by animals. Animals can also serve as early warning signs of potential illness in people. One Health is a concept that recognizes the links between humans, animals and environmental health with the intended focus of improving health and well-being through the prevention of risks and the mitigation of adverse effects on health that originate at the interface between humans, animals and their various environments. The presenter will discuss the relationships between human, animal and ecosystem health and the public health challenges and opportunities that these links present. He will discuss the impact on health due to the human-animal bond. Also discussed will be how globalization and the migration of humans and animals increase the risk of zoonotic diseases.
Jason Stull VMD MPVM PhD DACVPM, Assistant Professor, Department of Preventative Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
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