Infection prevention and control
Health care providers
Health care providers play a vital role in keeping the effectiveness of antibiotics. Prescribing antibiotics only when needed can help reduce antibiotic resistance in:
- long-term care facilities
- homes and communities
This is equally true for community medicine, agriculture and veterinary use.
All health care providers who are authorized to prescribe antibiotics should make sure they follow provincial, territorial or local guidance to choose the:
- most appropriate drug
- correct dose
- correct duration
Infection prevention and control references
It is important for health care providers to practice infection prevention and control in health care settings. This will help reduce the spread of both regular and resistant microbes. Routine Practices and Additional Precautions for Preventing the Transmission of Infection in Health care Settings gives guidance for health care providers.
The Help Reduce the Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance infographic highlights the key elements of routine practices.
Hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and infections in health care settings. Hand Hygiene Practices in Health care Settings provides a framework for developing programs, policies and procedures for hand hygiene in health care settings.
Used with provincial, territorial or local guidance, these references give information about the best treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.
- Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada Asymptomatic Bacteriuria Clearinghouse
Provides a list of diagnostic and treatment algorithms and resources
- Choosing Wisely Canada Recommendations
Evidence based clinical guidance and recommendations
- Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Complementary Resources and Professional Development for Sexually Transmitted Infections
- National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases
Resources for health care providers
- Do Bugs Need Drugs?
- Caring for kids
Website run by the Canadian Paediatric Society. Includes resources on antibiotic resistance for the general public and parents
- Resources for parents and educators on hand hygiene
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