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Sunday May 27, 2018
Full Day Virox Disinfection Symposium

Time Title, Presenter Handouts Available
9:15 am - 10:00 am Getting Back to Basics: Read, Interpret and Follow the  Instructions

Michelle Vadori-Cina RN, Peel Public Health, Mississauga, Ontario

How to read the label to ensure effective use of disinfectants.
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9 am - noon Green Roofs, Courtyards and Living Walls for a New
Oncology Facility: Cultivating Well-being or Propagating

Roberta McCombie BSc MSc, Foothills Medical Centre,
Calgary, Alberta

Roberta McCombie will discuss landscape features in the built design of the new Calgary Cancer Centre. Living plant walls and other features such as roof top gardens will be discussed.
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11 am - 11:45 am Biofilms: Wet, Dry, Surfaces, Instruments
Michelle Alfa PhD FCCM, AlfaMed Consulting, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Development of biofilms and involvement in infection transmission
  • Cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing instruments to minimize biofilm development
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1 pm - 4:30 pm

Alberta Health Services Indigenous Health Program

Emil Durocher, Senior Indigenous Cultural Helper
Carol Carifelle-Brzezicki RSW MHS, Indigenous Health Program, Edmonton, Alberta
Natasha Gougeon RN, BScN, CDE, Indigenous Wellness Clinic, Edmonton, Alberta
Wayne LaBonte, Senior Advisor, Primary Care Access – Indigenous Health Program, Edmonton, Alberta

  • The Indigenous Wellness Program will highlight a range of culturally competent programs offered at various levels and sectors that  support the Indigenous community and Alberta Health Services.
  • The primary portion of the presentation will focus on the Indigenous Wellness Clinic experience to achieving Accreditation Canada’s Aboriginal Integrated Primary Care Standards.
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1 pm - 4:30 pm

FNIHB, Department of Indigenous Services Canada and Inuit Health Branch Communicable Disease Control Management

Patricia Huntly RN, Communicable Disease Control Division, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Ottawa, Ontario
Adeshola Abati BSc MBBS MPH CIC FRSPH, Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

  • Presentation of FNIHB’s collaborative approach in addressing IPAC needs and gaps in on-reserve First Nations communities
  • Presentation of concrete national and regional IPAC activities aimed to reduce incidence and spread of communicable diseases in on-reserve First Nations communities

Monday May 28, 2018

Time Title, Presenter Handouts Available
10:35 am - 11:30 am Morning Concurrent Session
Stream A

Watch Out! Crevasse Ahead!

Barbara Catt RN BScN MEd CIC, Public Health Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Claude LaFlamme MD FRCPC, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario

A key element for a successful Infection Prevention and Control Program is surveillance of surgical site infections (SSIs). One can compare SSI surveillance to that of a crevasse rescue. Although the mechanical principle of a crevasse rescue is simple, reality is  dangerous and can be life threatening. In this session, current  evidence-based strategies will be presented on preventing SSIs including process indicators. After this session, you will be able to examine your SSI surveillance plan with a new lens and implement some “rescue” techniques.
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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Afternoon Concurrent Session
Session 1
Preparing for the Elements – Care in the Community

Justyna Augustyn BSc (Hons) PCP, EMS Edmonton and North Zones, Edmonton, Alberta
Mandeep Atwal BSc BEH CPHI(C), Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Remand Centre, Edmonton, Alberta
Helen Popson RN, Alberta Health Services – Hand Hygiene Program, Edmonton, Alberta

Infection prevention and control practices in the community present a unique set of challenges. Sessions will include conducting hand hygiene reviews in home care and infection prevention and control considerations in the prehospital and corrections environment.
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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Afternoon Concurrent Session
Session 3
Pearls of Wisdom, Lessons Learned from Building a Provincial IPAC Surveillance System

Kathryn Bush MSc MLT, Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Alberta
Claude LaFlamme MD FRCPC, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Surveillance is an essential component of an effective infection prevention and control program. Surveillance methodology continues to evolve as the delivery of healthcare shifts outside of traditional hospital settings. Surveillance activities should support a system that can identify risk factors for infection and other adverse events, implement risk reduction measures and monitor the effectiveness of interventions. During this session participants will gain an understanding of the value of different (provincial and national) surveillance systems and the opportunities that exist to improve patient care.

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Tuesday May 29, 2018

Time Title, Presenter Handouts Available
9 am - 10 am Yodelling from the Peaks – Getting the Message Across  (Communication)

Barbara Langlois, Langley, BC

Have you ever felt like the point you are trying to make is just not being heard, that you are shouting into the wind, or, maybe you would just like to improve your speaking and communication skills? If so, then this plenary is for you. In this engaging and interactive session Barb Langlois will explore how healthcare professionals as leaders, consultants and educators can harness the power of communication to engage others, build credibility and produce positive results. Barb will provide practical tips and strategies that will cultivate participants’ confidence about the differences they can make.
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10:30 am - 11:25 pm Setting Up Camp – IPAC Challenges in Reprocessing in the Community

Ali McCallum HBHSc (Midwifery) MSc(HQ) RM, Midwifery Care of Peel and Halton Hills, Collingwood, Ontario

Setting up an efficient, effective clinic based reprocessing program which is rooted in best practices and Canadian standards is a challenge! Anyone who has contemplated or achieved this will tell you it is a complex and sometimes overwhelming process. This session will explore the ins and outs, and the ups and downs of setting up a clinic based reprocessing program using an active midwifery practice as an example.
10:30 am - 11:25 am Gaining the Ridge – Top 10 Articles in IPAC

John Conly MD FRCPC, Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
Chingiz Amirov MPH MSc QIPS CIC FAPIC, Baycrest Health Sciences, Toronto, Ontario

There are many exciting research studies in IPAC. Being up to date with emerging literature is important and relevant for every IPAC personnel. This session will present important original significant research studies in IPAC from the past year. Each presenter will describe what is new in the field of clinical and epidemiological  sciences related to IPAC and provide further insight into how these studies may impact clinical practice.

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11:40 am - 12:25 pm Joining the Ranks: Mannequins and the Inside Story

Ghazwan Altabbaa, MD MSc FRCPC, Rockyview Hospital, Calgary Alberta
Dione Kolodka BSc MSc CIC, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Alberta

Accessing and engaging physicians for the purpose of IPAC education can be challenging. One promising approach may be to take advantage of high fidelity simulation education. Over the past two decades with advancements in technology, high fidelity  simulation with mannequins is increasingly being used in both medical schools and hospitals to promote physician competency, practical training and safer patient care. This session explores how IPAC can make use of such simulations to teach physicians infection prevention and control practices and principles.
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