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Canada-wide infection control service launched for healthcare facilities

By Andrew Sansom 28 Aug 2020 0

Canadian environmental and industrial services company QM Environmental has launched its infection prevention and control service, aimed at helping stop the spread of infections at healthcare facilities.

The new service is said to reduce the risk of healthcare-related infection caused by particulates, fungi, and bacteria spread through the environment as a consequence of construction, renovation and maintenance activities.

The company’s infection control service includes:

  • developing infection control plans;
  • conducting an infection control risk assessment;
  • developing hoarding wall plans;
  • assessing air handling unit requirements;
  • containment design; and 
  • pressure monitoring.

“In a country that has experienced a stark increase in the spread of infections, infection control has become a significant concern in Canada,” said Jeremy Robinson, head of hazmat and emergency management and environmental response services. 

“According to research, one out of 20 patients who enter a healthcare facility develops an infection owing to the facility, and one out of 20 of those infected will lose their lives. QM is the first company to provide infection control services across Canada. Our technicians include a national network of highly skilled and trained employees with the experience to perform this work safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.”

To date, QM has provided infection control services as part of a number of complex projects in both acute and non-acute healthcare facilities, including the Nanaimo Public Health Unit, Cowichan District Hospital, and Delta Hospital.  

“QM has the know-how, equipment, and nationwide support of all the major general contractors doing critical work in acute and non-acute healthcare facilities in Canada,” said Robinson. 

He added that the company has the reach, reliability, financial support, and insurance coverage to approach every infection control project with risk management in mind.

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