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  Forum Survey Results  
  Infectious Diseases
Recommendations Rated “Most Important” by Canadians
  1.   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.  
  2.   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).  
  3.   Public Health agencies (at all levels) must communicate clear and accurate information - risk communication.  
  4.   Implement systems for recognizing and preventing infectious diseases in the workplace.  
  5.   Improve employee education about infectious diseases.  
  6.   Emergency Preparedness: Communicate prevention strategies.  
  7.   Develop and implement a common national strategy using the Public Health Agency, alerts and tracking and surveillance systems.  
  8.   Improved communication with/between stakeholders & public during emergencies.  
  9.   Plan and implement effective communication channels, defining roles & responsibilities at all levels.  
  10.   Develop and implement a primary prevention approach which would use international public health standards similar to the ISO.  
  11.   Regulators to ensure that all stakeholders follow best practice standards.  
  12.   Ensure that jurisdictions compensate all employees and worker impacted by infectious disease.  
  13.   Physicians should be required to incorporate public health & occupational health & safety into their practice (including activities such as surveillance, medical assessment & reporting)  
  14.   Develop a Regulation – similar to WHMIS training – for mandatory Infection Control training.  
  15.   Post secondary education in Health, Health and Safety for all disciplines to varying degrees. For example engineering & medicine should have 2 days while others some basic knowledge.  
  16.   Federal body to oversee/coordinate national policies.  
  17.   Enforcement & periodic evaluations to help prevent infectious disease.  
  18.   Use universal precautions then use worst case system for the unknown.  
  19.   Policy and protocols should be developed by regulatory authorities.  
  20.   Increase immunizations to protect workers.  
  21.   Education and communication plan using media.  

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