Hospital Superbugs and You

Written by admin, August 31, 2012

August 31, 2012 – Public Health Invites Community to Free Presentation by Renowned Infection Control Expert on September 20

The Peterborough Public Health announced today that renowned infection control expert Dr. Dick Zoutman will be giving a free presentation on preventing hospital-acquired infections at the Evinrude Centre on Thursday, September 20, 2012 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“Hospitals are implementing some amazing programs to reduce the spread of infections” said Edwina Dusome, Manager of Infectious Disease Programs at Public Health.  “With hospital-acquired infections in the news so much we wanted to provide this unique educational opportunity for local residents.”

Entitled Saving Countless Lives: What’s New in Infection Control in Hospitals, Dr. Zoutman will share the latest in hospital-based infection control methods designed to protect patients, staff and the community at large.  Learn about a novel Canadian technological advance that reduces the risk of hospital infections.  As part of the event, guests will also have a chance to find out how well they wash their hands through an interactive demonstration after the presentation.

Known for his engaging presentation style, Dr. Zoutman is Professor of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, of Community Health & Epidemiology, and of Medicine at Queen’s University.  A primary focus of his investigative work has been the use of modern quality improvement methods in the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections as well as new sterilization and disinfection methods.  During the 2003 outbreak of SARS in Toronto Dr. Zoutman chaired the Ontario SARS Scientific Advisory Committee responsible for advising the Ontario Government on management strategies of the SARS outbreak.  Dr. Zoutman has recently assumed the role of Chief of Staff at Quinte Healthcare Corporation.

The September 20 presentation is free and open to all and following Dr. Zoutman’s presentation there will be a question and answer session.  To register, please call (705)743-1000 ext. 135 or do so online here.


For further information, please contact:

Marilyn Mitchell, RN
Public Health Nurse
(705) 743-1000, ext. 270