Patients Residents & Families

Infection Prevention and Control

Hand hygiene is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of infections. Alcohol-based hand rub dispensers are located at each of the entrances and throughout our hospital.

Please feel free to ask your care providers if they have performed hand hygiene. Your care provider can also provide you and your visitors with instructions about proper hand hygiene techniques.

Additional infection prevention and control precautions may be in place for you. We may post signs at your door. Those signs provide information about the precautions required.

In the event of an outbreak, we may restrict visits on specific units or facility-wide. Signage throughout the hospital will inform you of the affected areas and what restrictions are in place. The most up-to-date information is also available on the Bruyère Community Hotline at 613-562-6262, ext. 1600.


Seasonal influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness. It is easily caught and spread. Whether you are in a healthcare environment, or living in the community, the best defense against the virus is annual vaccination.

Every fall, we offer the flu vaccine to our patients, residents, employees and volunteers at no cost. It is the best defense against the virus, whether you are living in a health care environment or in the community.

During periods of increased influenza activity, you may notice some changes:

  • We may put in place visitation restrictions for specific rooms or the entire unit.
  • We will post more information and instructions on proper hand hygiene technique and the use of personal protective equipment before entering a patient’s room.