Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) are pleased to present the results from their 2019 surveys of antimicrobial resistance in common hospital pathogens in Ontario. The surveys covered both rates of infection and infection control programs in place at Ontario hospitals and laboratories.
Surveillance programs of antimicrobial resistant organisms (AROs) in health care are necessary to understand the current landscape of resistance. Identifying regional variation of organisms can inform local decisions regarding the appropriate application of infection control policies. Questions have evolved each year to capture changing trends in AROs in Ontario. For the 2019 report, a section on Candida auris—an emerging multi-drug resistant fungal pathogen in healthcare settings—has been included.
PHO and IQMH administered the surveys to all licensed microbiology laboratories and Ontario hospitals from February 24 to June 30, 2019 (no surveys took place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic). The next surveys are scheduled to be released in February 2022.
We are indebted to the hospitals and laboratories that participated in the 2019 surveys. They have made a valuable contribution to our understanding of the prevalence of AROs in Ontario and the infection control methods practiced in hospitals throughout the province.
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