Infection Prevention and Control

Management of Covid-19

Homewood Health Centre (HHC) places patient and staff safety at the highest level of priority, taking extraordinary measures to ensure infections are immediately identified, managed, and minimized. The global pandemic has given Homewood the opportunity to highlight these values, reflected in innovative practices not often performed in other organizations.

For example, HHC was one of the first Hospitals in Ontario to partner with the Ministry of Health in providing staff and patients with on-site Rapid Antigen Covid-19 Testing, able to identify possible infection within minutes of testing. Thousands of such tests have been administered since the beginning of the pandemic, leading to early detection and prevention of transmission.

In addition to rapid antigen testing, all patients admitted to HHC are provided with Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (commonly known as PCR testing), providing additional opportunity to identify infection at the point of entry to the organization, again within minutes of testing.

As of March 2021, in partnership with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, the HHC also conducts weekly on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics for all patients and staff. Hundreds of vaccines have been provided to our patients and all new admissions are offered this opportunity.

Additional and extensive protocols further support a comprehensive infection prevention and control strategy. Correspondingly, Homewood Health boasts exceptionally low COVID-19 outbreak numbers. We have learned from and responded to challenging circumstances among patients and staff. We are committed to success and continuing to be a uniquely safer environment for all during this difficult time. 

Patient Safety Indicator Reporting

The Ontario government requires full public reporting on eight patient safety indicators as part of a plan to create transparency in Ontario’s hospitals. Four of the eight safety indicators apply to Homewood Health Centre, including reporting on hospital acquired Clostridium Difficile Associated Disease (CDAD), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) infection rates, and Hand Hygiene compliance among health care workers.

Homewood Health Centre takes your care and your safety seriously. Tracking our rates allows us to identify areas for improvement and implement strategies to reduce the incidence of infection at our hospital. Additional information on each indicator is available in the links below. If you have questions about the information posted or about our Infection Prevention and Control program, please call 519.824.1010.

​Clostridium Difficile Associated Disease (CDAD).

This can be part of the normal bacteria in the large intestine and is one of the many bacteria that can be found in stool (a bowel movement).

Reporting period: Apr 1 2020 - Mar 31 2021
Rate per 1,000 patient days: 0
Case Count: 0

​Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Bacteraemia (bloodstream infection). Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that lives on the skin and mucous membranes of healthy people.

Reporting period: Apr 1 2020 - Mar 31 2021
Rate per 1,000 patient days: 0
Case Count: 0

​Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)

Bacteraemia (bloodstream infection). Enterococci are bacteria that are normally present in the human intestines and generally do not cause harm.

Reporting period: Apr 1 2020 - Mar 31 2021
Rate per 1,000 patient days: 0
Case Count: 0

Hand Hygiene Audit Results

Homewood currently participates in Ontario’s 'Just Clean Your Hands' program, a multifaceted approach to support improvement in hand hygiene compliance rate.  

See results for April 2021