Public Health Ontario (PHO), in partnership with the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH), has published its annual laboratory and hospital survey report on antimicrobial resistance in common hospital pathogens in Ontario.
PHO and IQMH established a partnership in 2016 to conduct annual surveillance of antimicrobial resistant organisms (AROs) in laboratories and hospitals. As part of this collaboration, IQMH resumed laboratory survey administration, while PHO administered the hospital survey on infection control programs.
Antimicrobial resistance poses a serious threat to patient safety and global public health, as current antimicrobials become less effective at treating resistant organisms. Health care-associated infections contribute to increased length of hospitalization, mortality and health care resource use. In Canada, it has been estimated that the incidence of health care-associated infections is over 220,000 per year, resulting in more than 8,000 deaths.
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Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario); Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare. Antimicrobial resistance in common hospital pathogens in Ontario: annual laboratory and hospital survey report 2017. Toronto, ON: Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2019.
A summary of the 2017 survey on antimicrobial resistance in common hospital pathogens by PHO and the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare.
Overall prevalence of resistant organisms remains stable in Ontario. There is noticeable regional variation across the province among MRSA, VRE, and CPO prevalence and infection control practices.
PHO and IQMH would like to thank those who participated in this 2017 survey and in the current 2018 survey which was due March 29, 2019.