Infection Prevention & Control
Our primary concern is the health and safety of our patients. The dedicated health professionals who work at Runnymede are committed to providing the best possible care for our patients and the community. We support any initiative that will enhance patient safety, improve performance and strengthen the public’s confidence in Ontario’s hospitals.
The goal of our infection prevention and control program is to support the interprofessional team to identify and reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections (HAIs). We implement proper infection prevention and control practices based on current recommendations from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Our diligent practices help to prevent and control the spread of infections to keep our patients safe.
HAIs occur while patients are receiving healthcare and are by far the most common complication affecting patients. Examples include Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). Not all infections can be prevented; however, effective infection prevention and control practices help to stop the spread of infections to patients, staff and visitors.
Some key elements of the infection prevention and control program are hand hygiene, disease surveillance, environmental cleaning and education.
It is also important that you follow any infection prevention and control guidance, signage and direction while visiting the hospital.