McGuinty government establishes higher standards for hospitals on infection control audit

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McGuinty government establishes higher standards for hospitals on infection control audit

Ministry of Health

TORONTO, Nov. 19 - The McGuinty government is directing hospitals to be open and transparent when conducting audits on their infection control practices, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman said today. "Our primary concern is the health and safety of patients and staff," Smitherman said. "We're asking hospitals to be open and transparent while working to maintain the safest possible infection control standards. We're working closely with the Ontario Hospital Association to ensure that hospitals have the capacity to do a thorough and fully accountable audit. And, if hospitals need further assistance, we are available to help them." The minister said Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, the Ontario Hospital Association and the ministry are finalizing an audit protocol to be used by hospitals to assess infection control practices. The government is working with hospitals on reporting infection control errors. The government expects that: - Hospitals will alert all affected patients immediately upon discovering an infection control error. - Hospitals will involve their local public health units in managing and communicating any risk to the safety and health of patients. - Hospitals will inform the public and employees. - Hospitals will implement new protocols and retrain staff. "We're taking a new, more responsible approach to government - one that focuses on putting the public interest first, for a change," Smitherman said. This news release is available on our website at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca Version fran├žaise disponibleFor further information: Members of the media: Ted Haugen, (416) 327-4322, Minister's Office; Tanya Cholakov, (416) 314-6197, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327, or (800) 268-1154