CHAIR - Coalition for Healthcare Acquired Infection Reduction

Our Accomplishments

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ACCOMPLISHMENT

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2014

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Coalition for Healthcare Acquired Infection Reduction (CHAIR) formed

2014

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“The War on Superbugs” by CHAIR, Chairman, Barry Hunt, featured in CHES spring magazine

 

2014

 _________untitled-2 “Re-thinking HVAC and HAI’s” by Deputy Chair, CHAIR, Richard Dixon featured in CHES summer magazine

 

2014

 ___+_____untitled-2 “Ultraviolet and HVAC: Key to reducing hospital acquired infections” by Richard  Dixon in Hospital News in November 2014

 

2014

 _________untitled-3 CHAIR Canada was a lead participant in a major clinical investigation at the Vancouver General Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant unit to study the combined HAI effect of engineered systems in patient rooms.

 

2014

 ______untitled-1 CHAIR sent a submission to the Canadian Standards Association HVAC Standard committee Z317.2-10 for the inclusion of Log6 UV Lights in HVAC Units, pressurization of in-patient units, relocation of return air grill from above the toilet in patient bathrooms, and use of HEPA filters in HVAC.

 

2014

 _______untitled-1 CHAIR is working with Canadian Standards Association on a new standard on “Healthcare Acquired Infections” which would include clear definitions of key issues like what is an antimicrobial product etc.

 

2014

 __________c1-news CHAIR helped to review an innovative system developed by Biovigil that links their very small monitoring badge that scrutinizes the staff compliance rate using existing wall mounted hand gels.

 

2014

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CHAIR reviewed another innovative product called Infonaut that measures the staff compliance rate for hand washing. In real life, when clinical staff get tired of washing their hands over and over and over, they skip the hand washing occasionally or even worse frequently.

 

2014

 ______untitled-12 CHAIR Canada visited DIRRT (Do It Right This Time) in Calgary who manufacture a very innovative modular wall system for healthcare that includes built in electrical and medical gas systems.

2014

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Over 10 CHAIR Members

2014

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CHAIR showcases engineered IPC at OHA Health Achieve

 

2015

 ______untitled-1  This month (February), CSA convened a meeting to open discussion on the scope and principles of a proposed Express document on Emerging Materials and Technologies for Infection Prevention and Control.

 

2015

 ______untitled-1 CHAIR Canada has provided significant feedback on the revision of this plumbing standard in the areas of antimicrobial products, hand hygiene sinks, scrub sinks, lavatory sinks, innovative disinfection processes (silver hydrogen peroxide, ozonation, monochloramine), and  testing and distribution of hot and cold water.

 

2015

 _______untitled-5 CHAIR presented “Engineering HAI Reduction” at the Canadian Centre of Healthcare Facilities (CCHF) recent Conference in Toronto “Bridging from Theory to Reality: Putting Patient First”.

 

2015

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 The Touch Surface Project at Vancouver General Hospital, in which CHAIR is a participant is getting closer to the final approval in March 2015.

 

2015

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CHAIR Canada Participation at trial at University of Waterloo and Kitchener’s St. Mary’s General Hospital-CHAIR worked with Class 1, the University of Waterloo and Kitchener’s St Mary’s General Hospital, to complete a three-month trial in October using ultraviolet lights in 2 patient washrooms, 1 equipment rooms and 1 soiled linen room to compare differences in microbial loads between these rooms and 4 control rooms without UV lights.

 

2015

_________trophy CHAIR Canada Announces Launch of CHAIR Leadership Award Program-CHAIR announced the launch of a leadership award program at the 35th Annual Conference of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES) in Edmonton on September 20th, 2015. The award program recognizes industry and healthcare professionals for their contribution to healthcare acquired infection reduction.

2015

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Over 20 CHAIR members

2015

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Contributed (through member participation) to the development of a new CSA infection prevention and control Express Document “Evaluating Emerging Materials and Technologies”.   Members also provided comments to the revised CSA plumbing and HVAC standards

 

2015

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CHAIR participation in over 10 Tradeshows

 

2015

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CHAIR, Chairman, Barry Hunt, wrote an article on “Engineering Healthcare Acquired Infection Reduction”

 

2016

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CHAIR Canada Participation at Innovative Project at Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver-
CHAIR Canada was able to coordinate the initial testing of a wall mounted Ultraviolet C (UV-C) disinfecting system at Lions Gate Hospital (LGH) in North Vancouver.

2016

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Raymond Wang, Honourary CHAIR Member, won $75,000 top prize at world’s largest high school science fair in B.C. sponsored by Intel for his innovation solution to air flow systems inside airplane cabins.

 

2016

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CHAIR worked with Class 1, the University of Waterloo and Kitchener’s St Mary’s General Hospital, to complete a three-month trial in October using ultraviolet lights in 2 patient washrooms. A Report is soon to be released citing the successful impact of UV in this study

 

2016

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We are continuing to hear about the positive impact on participants in the bone marrow transplant (BMT) project at Vancouver General Hospital in which CHAIR CANADA has helped source engineered product solutions. This is a two-year pilot study that will tackle reducing the risk of infection in BMT patients using several complimentary and novel approaches.

 

2016

 ______untitled-7 CHAIR Lists Top 10 Promising interventions: Surface, Self-sanitizing surfaces, Air disinfection, Hand hygiene, Do it right culture, Housekeeping, Staff Uniforms, Bed linens and gowns, Patient Hygiene, and Screening.

 

2016

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Support from Queens Park & Parliament Hill- We have been continuing the effort to lobby both MPPs and MPs for funding support both for CHAIR and hospitals infection control technology purchases. In the last 3 months MP Bryan May,  MPP Kathryn McGarry, MPP Daiene Vernile, MPP Katherine Fife, and the Minister of health & Long Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins have all met  with  board members at the CHAIR hospital room at the Class 1 Inc. Cambridge manufacturing facility.

2016

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CHAIR participation in over 15 tradeshows

2016

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Over 30 CHAIR members

2016

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“Seeing the Light” by CHAIR, Chairman, Barry Hunt and “An Engineered Intervention” by CHAIR, Deputy Chair, Richard Dixon featured in the Journal of Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society.