Important information on COVID-19 / Renseignements importants sur la COVID-19!

We are asking all patients and visitors coming to HSN to please wear a mask as an added step to reduce the spread of germs and protect vulnerable patients. Handmade masks are NOT acceptable. When you arrive at the hospital as a patient or care partner a hospital approved mask will be provided to you and you will be expected to wear it during your time at HSN to keep yourself, other patients and care partners and our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers safe.

Patients going for a procedure where they must remove the mask will be asked to keep it ready to be put back on once the procedure is completed.

Before coming to the hospital, please check our COVID-19 info page for updates.

    Infection Prevention & Control

    About Us

    The department’s evidence-based interventions, guidance and recommendations aim at reducing the risk of infection to patients, staff and visitors. This is achieved through:

      • Surveillance
      • Education
      • Consultation and collaboration
      • Outbreak investigation and control
      • Development of policies and procedures
      • Participation in research

    IPAC is staffed by 6 registered nurses, 1 administrative support officer, 1 clinical manager and 1 physician director. Registered nurses working in IPAC have received additional training and must obtain certification through the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). 


    Click on the links below for general information about infection prevention and control. If you have additional questions, consult a physician, healthcare worker or your local health unit.

    Infection Prevention and Control Information for Patients

    Visiting Patients in Isolation Rooms – Instructions to Visitors

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) – Information for Patients and Visitors

    Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) - Information for Patients and Visitors

    Clostridium difficile (C.diff) - Information for Patients and Visitors

    How to Handrub

    How to Handwash