The prevention and control of nosocomial infections – those contracted during health care – are not new subjects of concern in Quebec. For many years, health professionals, particularly infectiologists and infection prevention and control nurses, have been devoting time and energy to this subject in health network institutions, where the fight against these infections starts and where the first responsibility for their prevention and control lies.
Through the multiple measures taken since 2004, Québec is already on the cutting edge of the prevention and control of nosocomial infections. With the development of the Plan d’action sur la prévention et le contrôle des infections nosocomiales 2006–2009, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux has taken another major step in managing this problem. Given the encouraging outcomes in recent years, the 2010–2015 action plan stands out as the logical and necessary next step in ensuring the safe delivery of care and services in Québec's health-care system.