BC Organizations

Housekeeping Audit of BC Health Care Facilities 2015/2016
Author(s): Westech Systems FM
Date: Sept 2016
Summary: Westech Systems FM Inc. is an independent third-party auditor that conducts annual province-wide audits of housekeeping in BC hospitals and residential care facilities. 

Antibiotic Resistant Organism (ARO) Surveillance in British Columbia: 2012 Report
Author(s): British Columbia Association of Medical Microbiologists
Date: July 2014
Summary: This report presents data on MRSA, VRE, Streptococcus pneumoniae, ESBLs, and CPOs. Participating laboratories are from all Health Authorities (HA) in B.C. and include data for both in- and out-patients.

Canadian Organizations

Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System—Report 2015
Author: Public Health Agency of Canada
Date: July 2015
There is also a Powerpoint summary of the report highlights.

Screening, Isolation and Decolonization Strategies for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus: A Review of the Clinical Evidence 
Author(s): Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
Date: October 2012

Risk Factors and Carriage of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Clinical Evidence 
Author(s): Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
Date: May 2012

Human Antimicrobial Use Short Report (2000-2009) 
Author(s): Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS)
Date: March 2012
Summary: This report summarises trends in the volume and cost of oral antimicrobial agents dispensed by Canadian out-patient pharmacies during the period of 2000 to 2009 at the National and provincial levels.

Understanding the Health and Safety Risks for British Columbia’s Outbound Medical Tourists 
Author(s): Valorie A. Crooks, Janet Bristeir, Leigh Turner, Jeremy Snyder, Victoria Casey, Rory Johnston
Date: November 2011
Summary: When patients choose to go abroad to privately purchase medical care they are engaging in ‘medical tourism’, which is the most commonly used name for this practice. Several studies and reports suggest that there are a number of health and safety risks to patients who choose to purchase private medical care abroad.

Other Organizations

Symposium On Influenza Immunization In The Healthcare Workplace – a report of conference proceedings 
Author(s): University Of Calgary and Cumming School Of Medicine
Date: June 2014
Summary: Last year, only 54% of Alberta healthcare workers are reported to have received the influenza vaccine. People who are protected from infection cannot transmit the disease. Studies demonstrate very clearly and consistently that, as more healthcare workers are vaccinated against influenza, fewer patients become seriously ill and die.

Protecting the Health of Health Care Workers: A Global Perspective
Author(s): Rebman, R., (Ed.). Rodríguez Guzmán, J.; Dybka, L.; Watson, R.; Lavoie, M.; Yassi, A.; Gamage, B.; Pugh, S.; Lehtinen, S.; Tennassee, M.; Nophale, L.E.
Journal: International Commission on Occupational Health; American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Date: December 2008
Summary: Proceedings of the International Commission on Occupational Health and American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2007 State-of-the-Art Conference Pre-conference Workshop – Protecting the Health of Health Care Workers: A Global Perspective