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IPAC Canada Webinar

Infection Control in a Supervised Injection Setting

Date: Friday, November 24, 2017
Time: 1030 PT, 1130 MT, 1230 CT/SK, 1330 ET, 1430 AT, 1500 NL
Duration: 1.0 hour

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The Dr. Peter Centre (DPC) is an integrated HIV/AIDS health care facility that provides nursing, counseling, complementary therapies, nutrient-dense meals, and art, music and recreation therapies within its Day Health Program and 24-hour Licensed Care Residence. Its integrated approach to treatment seeks to mediate the challenges clients experience in addition to HIV, which include addiction, mental illness, trauma, poverty, housing instability, and managing co-morbidities. In 2002, the DPC implemented a Supervised Injection Service (SIS) as a nursing practice with the goal of preventing infections and the spread of infections, as well as preventing overdoses. The DPC situates SIS as a risk reduction strategy for their space, staff, and clients as it ensures a clean, safe environment where nurses are able to observe and monitor clients to share relevant infection control strategies. This webinar will discuss how the principles of infection control were addressed throughout the development, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of SIS at the DPC.


Rosalind Baltzer Turje

Rosalind Baltzer Turje is the Director of Clinical Programs, Research and Evaluation at the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation which operates the Dr. Peter Centre, Vancouver . Ms. Baltzer Turje joined the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation in 2002 and manages a team of clinical and non-clinical staff. Ms. Baltzer Turje has worked professionally in the field of mental health since 1980 as a clinician and administrator, and was on faculty in the Psychiatric Nursing Department at Douglas College teaching in the diploma and advanced diploma programs. Ms. Baltzer Turje has also worked as a consultant with health regions in service planning and evaluation and holds undergraduate degrees in Cell Biology and Nursing, as well as a Master's in Individual Psychology. Ms. Baltzer Turje was one of two Co-Principal Investigators on a two-year research project funded by the Vancouver Foundation entitled: "Food as harm reduction: the health effects of food provision for people who use drugs." Ms. Baltzer Turje also served as the sole Principal Investigator on a successfully completed Canadian Institutes of Health Research Planning Grant entitled: "Measuring the Impact of an ASO-based Integrated Model of HIV/AIDS Health Care on Health Outcomes."

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