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Communicable Disease Management

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What happens when a patient has a communicable disease? 

In the event of a suspected or confirmed communicable disease exposure on your unit or facility, the Infection Control department will contact the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre.  They will provide notification of the event, confirm the diagnosis and collaborate with the Occupational Health Nurses, Public Health and/or Medical Health Officers to manage the exposure. 

How will I know If I need to take action? 

If follow up is needed for employees, the managers of the affected departments will be notified by the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre.  If a communicable disease exposure occurred on your unit:

  1. You will be sent a password protected notification email with the details regarding the exposure criteria for your employees.  Due to confidentiality, the password, as well as the name and date of birth or the source person, will be provided over the phone to you. 
  2. You will be asked to notify your employees that may meet the exposure criteria outline in the email and to have these employees contact the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre. 

For certain communicable diseases, there are prophylactic treatments that can be given to exposed employees.  Often times, these prophylactic treatments can only be given within a certain time frame from the date of exposure.  Therefore, you may be asked to notify exposed employees to contact us as soon as possible within a certain time frame. 

In some cases recommendations for exposed employees need to be determined by the Medical Health Officer for the health authority prior to initiating contact with a department to provide direction on management of the exposure. 

For inquiries or questions, please contact the Provincial Workplace Health Occupational Health Nurse at 1-866-922-9464  (select Option 1) or email OHN@WHCallCentre.ca.

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