About IPAC SWO
History of IPAC SWO
Beginning in 1981 as a network of four hospitals, IPAC SWO now provides support to 145 members with geographic boundaries that spread to three LHIN regions. Our members represent all health care sectors including acute care, long term care, community care, public health and industry.
To reduce the risk of infection across the care continuum through knowledge exchange, sharing experiences, ideas and information for the prevention and control of infections, and the collaboration and networking among persons interested in infection prevention and control (IPAC).
Objectives of IPAC SWO Chapter
- To promote and enhance IPAC expertise through individual and group activities within South Western Ontario.
- To assist individual members in the development of their own IPAC program within South Western Ontario.
- To hold multi-disciplinary educational conferences or seminars to update knowledge in IPAC.
- To support and assist with research/study activities and the publication of results.
- To identify and compile IPAC measures that have proven effective in specific areas of concern, including evidence-based practice guidelines, recommendations, position statements, etc. that maintain safe, effective and quality care.
- To promote communication with members of the healthcare team across the continuum of care.
- To assist individual members in their professional development in the field of infection prevention & control.
- To promote community awareness and understanding of the source of infection, the mode of transmission, and the means of control.
- To act as an advocate for and increase awareness of IPAC practices and issues.