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Forum Survey Results
Recommendations Rated “Most Important” by Canadians
Comprehensive Communication Strategy: 1) At the International Level: The WHO and the US CDC should communicate information directly to Canadian Authorities. 2) Act at the Federal Level: A Canadian Federal Health Agency (possibly the Public Health Agency) with the authority to monitor international infectious disease situations & be responsible for dissemination of that information to all provincial and other authorities. Use special internet sites & telecommunication channels. 3) Act at the Provincial Level through Provincial Health Agencies and Labour Ministries: Must consistently and in a timely fashion disseminate information on infectious diseases and control procedures, PPE and infection control methodologies and equipment (to reduce outbreaks and pandemics) to stakeholders. 4) Act at the Public Health Level: must monitor health care "types" for compliance and must disseminate information to the general public. 5) Act at the Municipal Level: to institute provincial protocols, communicate with Public Health Authorities to inform them of local outbreaks, and to disseminate information to local residents in as many languages as possible.
Continuous training and education focused on how to implement infection control precautions & then ensure that these standards are enforced. (eg. How to dress & remove gloves, masks, etc. safely).
Public Health agencies (at all levels) must communicate clear and accurate information - risk communication.
Implement systems for recognizing and preventing infectious diseases in the workplace.
Improve employee education about infectious diseases.