Caroline Quach, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are an important risk for the health of hospitalized patients. American and Canadian data estimates that these infections occur in about 10% of hospitalizations, representing 80,000 to 90,000 new cases per year in Quebec alone. Of those patients acquiring an HAI, up to 10% will die. We need and use more and more invasive devices to treat patients with more and more complex diseases, increasing even more the risk of infection. Dr. Quach’s research focuses on preventing the occurrence of HAIs. First, by defining the importance of ambulatory settings, such as the Emergency Department, in the acquisition of HAIs; by developing a useful way of following antibiotic use in pediatric settings – as more antibiotic use increases resistance of bacteria causing HAIs; by showing the importance of surveillance in the prevention of HAIs; and finally, by looking at vaccines as a strategy to decrease HAIs in the pediatric population. Dr. Quach is also interested in the epidemiology of infectious diseases in general.