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Health Care Professionals

Access influenza information on thunderbayflu.ca

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)

Click here for information on EV-D68.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) - Infection Prevention and Control...in Ontario Health Care Settings

  • Click here for the Infection Prevention and Control Document.
  • Click here for more information and other resources on the Ebola Virus Disease.

Use of Anti-viral Drugs for Influenza - Guidelines

Reportable Diseases List - Updated Dec 2013

Important Health Notices (IHN) from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

 

Information of interest to Health Care Professionals:

 

MERS-CoV

Click on the links below for more information:

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Links to Needle Safety Information

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Practices and Additional Precautions (RP/AP)

This document outlines the practice of Routine Practices and Additional Precautions (RP/AP) in health care settings across the continuum of care (see below) including, but not limited to, pre-hospital care, acute care, complex continuing care, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care, chronic care, ambulatory care and home health care.

The Routine Practices and Additional Precautions set out in this document must be practiced in all settings where health care is provided, across the continuum of health care. This includes settings where emergency (including pre-hospital) care is provided, hospitals, complex continuing care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care homes, outpatient clinics, community health centres and clinics, physician offices, dental offices, offices of other health professionals, public health and home health care

This document is intended to provide best practices only. Health care settings are encouraged to work towards these best practices in an effort to improve quality of care.

 

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Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning for Prevention and Control off Infections

The cleaning practices set out in this document must be practiced in all settings where care is provided, across the continuum of health care, with the exception of cleaning of the client’s home in home health care. This includes settings where emergency (including pre-hospital) care is provided, hospitals, complex continuing care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care homes, mental health facilities, outpatient clinics, community health centres and clinics, physician offices, dental offices and offices of other health professionals.

 

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Statement on Pregnancy and Travel (PHAC)

This document from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC),  as advsied by the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT), outlines the risks to the pregnant traveller and the current recommendations based upon the existing body of literature.

The information is available on the PHAC website.  You can also click here to access the document.

 

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Pertussis

Two fact sheets have been developed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care:

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Updates for Obtaining Diptheria Antitoxin

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Ontario's Healthcare Provider Hotline

  • Call toll free : 1-866-212-2272

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Clostridium difficile

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Hand Hygiene

1.  Just Clean Your Hands:  Click here

Hand hygiene is a responsibility shared among all health care providers. This program was created by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to help hospitals and individuals overcome the barriers to proper hand hygiene and improve compliance with hand hygiene best practices by using the 4 moments for hand hygiene.

 

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Hepatitis C

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Antibiotic Resistant Organisms (AROs)

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Labstract - Influenza and Other Respiratory Viral Testing for 2010-2011 influenza season.

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LYME DISEASE resources from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

 

1. Fact sheet from the Province's Chief Medical Officer of Health

2. Websites with further information

3. Local Surveillance Information

The Health Unit is not engaged in active surveillance so the cooperation of both local health care professionals and the general public is important.  Reporting of confirmed and suspect cases of Lyme disease is critical.  In addition, we recommend the submission of ticks for identification and tracking of the local population.  Ticks can be submitted to the Health Unit’s office at 999 Balmoral Street, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

4. Lyme disease website from the Ontario Ministry of Health

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Last Updated: 9/19/2014

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