Provincial Infection Prevention and Control Program
Events like SARS in Ontario, resistant C.difficile in Quebec, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and the increasing rates across Canada of Antibiotic Resistant Organisms like MRSA, have shown us that our health system can be vulnerable to infectious diseases. The Department of Health and Wellness in Prince Edward Island has responded to this vulnerability by developing a provincial Infection Prevention and Control Program to help prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases.
The overall goal of the program is to strengthen the health system’s ability to deal effectively with current and emerging diseases and ultimately protect the health and safety of Islanders.
Specifically the Program aims to:
1. Strengthen infection prevention and control capacity
2. Provide clear accountability
3. Develop and monitor Provincial Standards/Guidelines/Policies
4. Provide education and training to staff
5. Continue to develop and maintain our system for surveillance and reporting
6. Provide provincial coordination
In PEI we are closely monitoring the antimicrobial resistant organisms Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin - resistant Enterococci (VRE), as well as Clostridium difficile (C.difficile) which is a significant cause of health care associated diarrhea. Information about these organisms in PEI can be found in the Infection Prevention and Control Surveillance Data Summary 2014.