The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Break the chain of transmission during National Infection Control Week

WHITBY, ON October 11, 2017 - Durham Region Health Department encourages the public to learn more about practicing infection prevention and control (IPAC) during National Infection Control Week, Oct. 16 to 20. This year, Durham Region Health Department will focus on “Infection Prevention and Control – It’s a Team Thing!” to supplement the work of Infection Control Professionals (ICPs).

The core of IPAC programs in health care settings are the ICPs. They serve as leaders, mentors and role models for the profession by acquiring and maintaining IPAC knowledge and skills and by developing, evaluating and improving processes within their programs. They also provide multi-modal education and collaborate with other organizations to reinforce that infection prevention and control can be easily adapted and implemented. Their message is most effective when everyone works towards the same common goal of preventing the spread of infection. The goals of these initiatives are to reduce transmission of infectious illness, improve the quality of care and decrease costs within all health care settings.

To highlight the activities of ICPs and promote “Infection Prevention and Control – It’s a Team Thing!”, the Health Department will be educating Durham Region staff and visitors in fun and interactive ways to encourage hand hygiene and other IPAC measures.

“As we enter cold and flu season, Durham Region Health Department continues to emphasize the ongoing need to use basic IPAC measures,” explained Brenda Kwan, Manager, Environmental Health with Durham Region Health Department. “There’s no doubt that the most significant factor in controlling the spread of infectious diseases is practicing proper hand hygiene. Measures such as handwashing help to lower the risk of getting a disease and spreading it to others.”

Everyone can help prevent the spread of infections by being involved. National Infection Control Week is just one week but we should all practice prevention measures throughout the year. Some measures you can take are as follows:

The Health Department works with professionals in all facility settings such as hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, child care centres and schools to raise awareness about the importance of the basics of IPAC in order to reduce the risk of infection and disease outbreaks. For more information on IPAC, please call the Environmental Help Line at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613, or visit  

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