Moving Forward: Learnings from COVID-19 outbreaks in acute care in Alberta
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Time: 1030 PT, 1130 MT/SK, 1230 CT, 1330 ET, 1430 AT, 1500 NL
Duration: 1.0 Hours
THIS WEBINAR IS FOR IPAC CANADA MEMBERS AND NON MEMBERS.
Acute care ward outbreaks highlight how rapidly SARS‐CoV‐2 can spread through a hospital. Reports of nosocomial outbreaks of COVID-19 in acute care hospitals from within Alberta, across Canada, and other centres around the world have been described but control measures vary widely. In this webinar learnings from COVID-19 outbreaks in acute care in Alberta will be described along with measures that can be used to reduce transmission going forward.
HEIDI O’GRADY BSc PhD completed her PhD in Microbiology and Infectious disease in Cork, Ireland in 2005. Between 2005 and 2012 she completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Calgary studying antibiotic resistance and how bacteria evade the host’s immune response during infection. Heidi joined the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Infection Prevention and Control team in 2012 as a research scientist investigating the role of the gut microbiome in preventing and treating hospital acquired infections. Heidi transitioned to her current role as an Infection Control Professional role in 2016 and is based in acute care in Calgary, Alberta.
Over the course of her career she has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, fellowships and grants, as well as contributing to almost 20 peer-reviewed publications and 2 popular science articles. In 2017, she was part of the research team awarded the Alberta Health Services President’s Excellence Award for outstanding achievements in innovation and research excellence. Heidi is a passionate life-long learner and teacher, with certificates in University and Online Teaching from the University of Calgary, and is committed to furthering our understanding of the role of education in translating evidence into practice within IPC and healthcare. She has been a member of the IPAC Canada Education Core Committee since 2017. Heidi has been the IPC representative at site incident command post and the IPC outbreak lead for the COVID-19 pandemic at Foothills Medical Centre since September 2020.