IPAC news for the week of Sep 13 – 17, 2021Sep212021

Overlaying COVID-19 mitigation plans on malaria control infrastructures. Journal 

 

Building better tuberculosis control systems in a post-COVID world: learning from Pakistan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal 

 

Politicians issue warnings ahead of hospital protests expected across Canada. News

 

School outbreak revives mandatory vaccines for P.E.I. teachers discussion. News

 

In a new review, some F.D.A. scientists and others say boosters aren’t needed for the general population. News

 

China’s strict 21 day quarantine under question after new outbreak emerges. News  

 

More Albertans are in ICU with COVID-19 than ever — and it’s expected to get worse. News

 

School-based COVID outbreak in China’s Fujian grows. News

 

Nigeria deals with its worst cholera outbreak in years; 2,300 people dead. News

 

Health unit identifies COVID-19 case on Megabus between Toronto and Kingston. News

 

1 in 500 U.S. residents has died of COVID-19. News

 

Post-monsoon fever outbreak kills over 100 in Indian state. News   

 

Calgary to take own measures to act on COVID-19 crisis, saying province ‘doesn’t care’. News

 

Why should you get the COVID-19 vaccine? Your top questions answered. News

 

France suspends 3,000 health staff as Europe targets vaccine refusal. News   

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Survey – Updating 2011 BC Reprocessing GuidelinesSep202021

PICNet is updating the Best Practice Guidelines for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Critical and Semi-Critical Medical Devices  in BC Health Authorities – December 2011. We will be revising this document based on current literature, as well as feedback from our community of practice. As key project stakeholders, you are invited to participate in a survey (found here) to provide feedback to the 2011 guidelines. The survey should take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. You have the option to skip sections as needed. You may also ‘save and exit’ to save your progress and return at a later time to continue the survey . Please ensure you complete this survey by end of day Monday October 4, 2021. The information gathered from this survey will be used to identify areas in the document that need to be updated.  

 

We would like to gather as much feedback as possible from the wide group of people who use these guidelines. So please feel to share this survey with others as needed – your team members, colleagues and others with relevant expertise. We recognize how busy all of you are, so we thank you in advance for your time and input.

 

If you have any questions about this work, please feel free to reach out to PICNet’s Project Manager Georgia Neindorf (Georgia.Neindorf@phsa.ca).

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IPAC news for the week of Sep 7 – Sep 10, 2021Sep132021

MRSA improvement within a highly endemic hospital in Malta: infection control measures or clonal change? Journal

 

Completeness of open access FluNet influenza surveillance data for Pan-America in 2005–2019. Journal  

 

India scrambling to contain lethal Nipah virus after child’s death. News

 

Multilingual video campaign aims to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates. News

 

Mandatory isolation, testing to continue indefinitely as Alberta COVID-19 cases rise. News

 

Canada eases travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international travellers. News      

 

Weddings connected to 3 COVID-19 outbreaks across Hamilton. News

 

Toronto high school student suffering from long COVID: ‘I’m scared that it’s not going to go away’. News

 

Former evangelical pastor calls for end to religious exemptions for vaccine. News

 

‘We’re all begging’: Doctors call on Alberta government for stronger COVID-19 health measures. News

 

BioNTech to seek approval soon for vaccine for 5-11 year olds: report. News

 

France sees bird flu outbreak as virus spreads again in Europe. News   

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IPAC news for the week of Aug 30 – Sep 3, 2021Sep072021

SARS-CoV-2 testing and infection control strategies in European paediatric emergency departments during the first wave of the pandemic. Journal 

 

Demand Surges for Deworming Drug for Covid, Despite No Evidence It Works. News

 

Hundreds of ER doctors implore Ontario to boost nurses’ pay amid ‘dangerous’ staffing shortage. News

 

Flu jab after heart attack should become standard care. News   

 

Americans urged to ‘reconsider’ travel to Canada by U.S. CDC. News

 

Hamilton employers should mandate COVID-19 vaccines, city says, as nightclub outbreak count climbs. News

 

Doug Ford to announce details of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine passport system today. News

 

One person has died from latest outbreak of legionnaires’ disease in Moncton, N.B. News

 

Israel was down to a handful of daily COVID cases. Now it’s around 11,000. What happened? News

 

Pfizer starts dosing patients in oral COVID-19 drug trial. News    

 

Ontario reports more than 850 new COVID-19 cases, marking highest daily count in months. News

 

Employers can demand workers be vaccinated against COVID-19: Quebec premier. News

 

COVID-19 outbreak at Victoria care home grows to 34 cases. News   

 

Three doses of COVID-19 vaccine are likely needed for full protection, Fauci says. News

 

Doctors frustrated with ‘selfishness’ of unvaccinated people, protesters. News

 

Dengue adds to COVID-hit Bangladesh’s woes as dozens die. News   

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