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Emerging Issues

As new infections and disease emerge in our health care settings, changes to standard Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) practices may be required. These current and past issues highlight the IPC resources created to manage these special cases.

SARI - Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (MERV-Cov)

SARI related IPC measures are based on currently available scientific evidence and guidelines and are subject to review and change as new information becomes available.

Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) / Ebola

For general information visit our VHF / Ebola webpage. Ebola related IPC measures are based on currently available scientific evidence and guidelines and are subject to review and change as new information becomes available.

PPE Sequences

PPE Checklists

Cleaning and Waste Management

Human Factors

Training options for Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Training sessions for donning and doffing of specialized PPE commenced in October 2014 during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Subsequently VHF PPE training modules were created and are available on My Learning Link for AHS employees. These modules are also available for non-AHS employees on the IPC Personal Protective Equipment page

The online modules are designed for tailored use to accommodate clinical department training needs.

Suggestions for how to use the VHF modules and to maintain preparedness include:

  • An annual review (or more frequently) of the online modules to maintain staff awareness and content knowledge.
  • An annual (or more frequent) review of the online modules, followed by live (in-person with practice PPE*) VHF PPE donning and doffing practice sessions.
  • Just in time training for staff in the event of a VHF case or new outbreak.
  • Training for new hires to become aware of the specialized PPE required for VHF.

*Infection Prevention and Control team members are available to support in-person training.