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The Ottawa Hospital  sometimes experiences an increased number of MRSA, and Clostridium difficile cases on its in-patient units. Our health care teams work hard to reduce their occurrence and when cases are detected, special measures are put in place to reduce their spread.

These include:

  • Isolating patients who have diarrhea in private rooms when possible
  • Using a bleach solution to clean the environment
  • Auditing health care professionals to ensure equipment and hands are cleaned between patients
  • Reminders to staff, patients and visitors that frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent infection
  • Reducing unnecessary traffic and congestion in the unit experiencing the increase in cases

Outbreaks
The Ontario government strongly encourages all hospitals to report outbreaks and outbreak-associated cases of MRSA,  and C.difficile to their local public health unit when the definition of an outbreak is met in their facility. For details of this definition, please visit the ministry website at www.health.gov.on.ca.

Clusters
The Ottawa Hospital is committed to providing patients and their visitors with the information they need to play a greater role in their care and the care of their loved ones.  As a result, the hospital goes a step beyond ministry requirements, and reports on units that are experiencing a greater than normal number of cases but have not reached outbreak levels.

In-patient units currently on alert:

Civic Campus General Campus
MRSA
C. difficile
Norovirus
Influenza A
Respiratory outbreak
RSV
S. aureus
Gastrointestinal outbreak
Coronavirus

* Identified as meeting Ministry of Health and Long Term Care definition of outbreak

As we work to manage clusters and outbreaks, we ask that patients and visitors please respect our Infection Control Visitor protocols for those in-patient units on alert.

When you visit, please clean your hands at one of the many hand washing stations throughout the hospital before, during and after your visit.  If you are unwell, please do not visit patients in the hospital.