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 acceptable as are those available at retailers in our community. Patients will still be seen in our Emergency Department, regardless if they are wearing a mask. Patients going for a procedure where they must remove their mask will be asked to store it with their personal items.

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). 

    Resources

    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