PICNet announces new Network DirectorMay182018

We are very pleased to announce that Tara Donovan has accepted the position as Network Director for the Provincial Infection Control Network of BC, commencing in June.

Tara comes to PICNet from Fraser Health, where she has been working since 2010 as the regional IPC Epidemiologist, and more recently as the Managing Consultant for IPC. She has gained strong leadership and management experience in her time at Fraser, and also as Director of Standards and Guidelines on the Board of IPAC Canada.

Tara is certified in Infection Control and holds a Master’s of Science in Community Health and Epidemiology. Her strong skillsets in both surveillance and leadership will be very valuable assets she brings into her new role with PICNet. We are very excited to welcome her into our program, and hope you will join us in congratulating her on her new position.

Tara and Bruce will work together for several weeks to ensure knowledge transfer before Bruce leaves to enjoy his retirement. 


VCH video: glove removal and hand cream applicationMay142018

Vancouver Coastal Health has produced a short video on glove removal and hand cream application. These techniques can help prevent dermatitis.


RI Guidelines Revision: Request for ReviewMar212018

PICNet’s Guidelines Steering Committee has been working on updating the 2011 Respiratory Infection Outbreak Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities. The draft revised guidelines are now ready for review by our Community of Practice. We ask that anyone who uses these guidelines, or thinks they will use them in the future, read the draft document and provide feedback via our feedback form.

Download the draft revised guidelines   Download the feedback form

The deadline to submit your comments is April 6, 2018.
Please submit your completed feedback form to Joanne Archer by email.
Thank you in advance for your help with this important resource! 


Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (CARSS) 2017 ReportNov172017

The following message is from Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Systems, Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control, Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch, Public Health Agency of Canada

Dear CPHLN Members,

I am pleased to provide you with a copy of the Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (CARSS) – 2017 Report. The executive summary is now available on Canada.ca.


This year’s report provides a snapshot of 2015 and 2016 antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and use (AMU) data from the different Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) surveillance systems and its national laboratory reference services. 

Although the overall level of AMR in Canada is similar or lower than rates reported by other developed countries, there are some areas of concern.  Upward trends were seen in the rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus blood stream infection (BSI) in pediatric hospitals and the rate of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus BSI in adults.   In addition, the rate of drug-resistant gonorrhea increased between the years 2014 and 2015.  There also remain significant data gaps that prevent our ability to provide a comprehensive picture of the current situation and emerging risks of AMR in Canada. Strengthening the surveillance of AMR and AMU in humans and animals is a priority for PHAC and the yearly CARSS Report serves to highlight the attained progress and future steps in addressing these gaps. 

I trust that you will find the CARSS- 2017 Report informative and useful. On behalf of PHAC and our many partners, I wish to express my thanks for the valuable contributions that you have made, and continue to make, toward improving our understanding of this significant threat to human and animal health.