At The Scarborough Hospital (TSH), infection prevention and control (IPAC) services are offered across both the General and Birchmount campuses. The IPAC team consists of health care professionals with specialized training in infection prevention and control. IPAC is committed to improving patient and staff safety, and promoting best practices in infection prevention and control.

Health care-associated infections (HAIs) cause significant morbidity and mortality among patients who receive health care. It is estimated that 5 per cent to 10 per cent of hospitalized patients acquire an infection after being admitted to a hospital, which leads to longer hospital stays and potential readmission.

The TSH IPAC team provides consultation, education, and monitoring for the effective prevention of HAIs for all TSH units and departments.

If you are a patient or visitor at TSH, consider these important tips:

  • Clean your hands using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water:
    • When you enter and leave the hospital;
    • Before and after visiting a patient;
    • After using the washroom;
    • Before eating; and,
    • After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose (and remember to cover your cough and sneezes using a tissue or your sleeve).
  • Ask your health care provider to clean their hands before touching you. It’s your right as a patient, so speak up.
  • Avoid visiting a patient in the hospital if you are feeling unwell.

Patients who acquire an infection while in hospital may have to be placed on special isolation precautions to prevent the spread of infection to others. This may include the use of gowns, gloves, or masks. If you are visiting a patient on isolation precautions, please follow the instructions on the sign posted on the door.

Patient and Visitor Information Brochures

These brochures provide information on how to protect yourself from infection, as well as specific Antibiotic Resistant Organisms (AROs). For more information, speak with your physician, health care provider, or contact your local health unit.

For more information on IPAC rates in Ontario hospitals, visit Health Quality Ontario’s website.

Contact the IPAC department

416-431-2911, ext. 6682