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PICNet Newsletters – May 2023

PICNet Website Refresh

We are excited to share our refreshed and modernized PICNet website. We welcome you to visit

We hope that you enjoy the new look and feel and trust it will be more user-friendly for our community of practice.

Thank you to all our survey participants who provided valuable feedback to help inform website changes. Congratulations to the following lucky three participants who won Amazon gift cards:

  • Sarah Ormond from Fraser Health Authority
  • Jacqueline Hlagi from Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
  • Terry Lauriks from Alberta Health Services

The refreshed website incorporates visuals and streamlines information with improvements in the page layout and drop-down menus. New postings address current infection prevention and control-related news. Information and links are updated where possible. We have a number of initiatives aimed at updating the content of our guidelines, toolkits and resources in the future.

PICNet at the IPAC Canada National Conference

Come and visit us at our exhibit booth #121 at the IPAC Canada national conference from May 28-31. We welcome you to meet our team members, have a conversation about our work in progress and available resources, and receive swag items with the PICNet logo.

Also be sure to check out our three poster presentations representing the collaborative work done with our key partners and community of practice.

The PICNet Team is Expanding!

New Job Postings

We are recruiting a Lead, Research and Knowledge Translation role. If you or someone you know is interested, please apply! Continue to check the PICNet Website for current and new postings in the coming weeks.

CPO/C. auris Symposium

PICNet is planning a symposium, to be held in July 2023, on the topics of Carbapenamese-Producing Organisms (CPO) and Candida auris (C. auris). The symposium brings together select infection prevention and control professionals including leaders and epidemiologists, as well as medical microbiologists and public health partners. The purpose of the symposium is to facilitate discussions with partners about increased activity and current evidence about these organisms, to learn from infection prevention and control professionals across the province about their experiences, and ultimately to discuss health authority surveillance protocols and update/establish provincial surveillance protocols for these organisms of interest.

Check out currently available C.auris and CPO resources and surveillance reports available on the PICNet website.

COVID-19 Transition Work in Progress

COVID-19 specific resources are being updated and transitioned to general infection prevention and control, and viral respiratory infection resources. Revised signage, posters, and point-of-care risk assessment tool will be available soon. Resources will be posted on the website as they become available. Targeted communication will occur with the Provincial Infection Prevention and Control/Workplace Health and Safety Working Group members. We thank all members for their ongoing contributions as we continue to review and revise all COVID-19 pandemic resources in the future.