Welcome to IPAC Southwestern Ontario!
Message from the President
Welcome to IPAC SWO!
My name is Francine Paquette, 2019-2020 IPAC SWO Chapter President.
Our chapter has a rich history of supporting approximately 130 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 as well as industry.
IPAC SWO offers face-to face meetings, webinars and educational workshops to meet the educational needs of our members. Our meetings provide a forum for networking, education and collaboration and we invite you and your colleagues to join us as a member or as a guest.
IPAC SWO is proud to offer:
- The Betty Bannerman Award of Excellence that recognizes a chapter member who has made outstanding contributions to the practice of Infection Control,
- Scholarship funding for members to attend the Annual IPAC Canada National Conference.
I welcome you to contact any member of the executive to find out what IPAC Canada has to offer.
2019-2020 IPAC SWO Chapter President
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June 12 IPAC SWO Chapter Meeting and Education Day is Cancelled
Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the June 12 IPAC SWO Chapter Meeting and Education Day is cancelled. Meetings planed for the fall are currently under review. Information regarding the status of these meetings will be updated once decisions are made.
IPAC SWO Member wins EcoLab Poster Contest
Congratulations to Monika Szabo from Southwestern Public Health as the winner of the 2020 Ecolab Poster contest! The poster is available for download until September. The poster is also available for bulk orders. Please see the EcoLab Poster Contest website for further information. We are proud to have Monika in our chapter!
Education Day Presentations
Did you know that you can access presentations from past education days here? Visit "IPAC SWO Chapter Meetings" on the right navigation bar to access these documents.
An unexplained outbreak of pneumonia has been reported in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was reported to the CDC on December 31st. 59 cases have been identified. Presenting symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing and radiographic evidence of bilateral invasion of both lungs. Onsets for the cases range from Dec 12 to Dec 29th. SARS has been ruled out and the pathogen is yet to be identified. All cases are being treated in isolation and there has been no evidence of transmission among health care workers. Some of the cases identified were vendors in the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan. The Seafood Market was closed January 1st. 2020 for cleaning and disinfection.
Asian countries are monitoring travelers travelling from Wuhan for symptoms. CDC issued a travel 1 watch to the area on January 6th. See article for further details on this developing situation.