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The Squina International Centre for Infection Control (CIC)

CIC is a specialist centre hosted by the School of Nursing of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, tasked to lead by promoting excellence in the practice of infection prevention and control. It is a multidisciplinary, technological, educational and consultative centre, which benefits from the input of a range of departments within the University.

The newly renovated centre’s facilities and infrastructure enable students, staff and researchers to:

  • Conduct research to enhance prevention and control of infection
  • Promote healthy behaviours, foster safe and healthy environments
  • Provide leadership and training for infectious disease prevention and control

In 2008, the CIC was renamed as the Squina International Centre for Infection Control in recognition of the generous support and donation of HK$2 million by the Squina International Group Limited for furthering the Centre's educational and research activities.

The naming ceremony was officiated by Mr. Meng Qun, Deputy Director of China's Ministry of Health; Dr. the Hon. Leong Che-hung, Executive Council Member of Hong Kong SAR; Mrs. Angel Siu-po Chan Lau, Chairman and CEO of Squina International Group Limited; and Dr. Roy Chung Chi-ping, Court Chairman, PolyU.

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  • Honourable guests attend the inauguration of the Squina International Centre for Infection Control.
  • Dr. Lui Sun-wing, PolyU's Vice President (Partnership Development) (1st right) and Ms. Peggy Or, Former Centre-in-Charge of Squina International Centre for Infection Control (1st left) introduce the Centre to Mrs. Angel Siu-po Chan Lau, Chairman and CEO of Squina International Group Limited (2nd right) and Miss Abbie S.K. Chan, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Squina International Group Limited (2nd left)

The CIC recently underwent an extensive renovation to better accommodate our mission of assuming a leading role in the advancement of the specialty of infection control through professional development and training of health care professionals; the conduct of applied research to enhance prevention and control of infection; and community education to promote healthy behaviours and foster healthy environments. To mark the completion of the renovated centre, a re-opening ceremony was held on Nov 13th 2015. The Guest of Honour at the ceremony was Dr. Dominic Tsang, Chief Infection Control Officer of the Hospital Authority. Other special guests included the Chairman and CEO of the Squina International Group Limited, Professor Angel Chan Lau, her sister Ms Abbie Chan, the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the CIC, Dr Wing Hong Seto, the Chair of the Hong Kong Nurses’ Association Ms Conita Lam, the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Professor Maurice Yap, and the Head of School of Nursing, Professor Alex Molasiotis. The re-opening ceremony was an opportunity for us to showcase our newly renovated centre and its state-of-the-art facilities to our distinguished guests, with the aim of raising awareness for our centre and willingness to collaborate with the healthcare profession.

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  • From left: Dr Margaret O'Donoghue (Deputy Director of the CIC), Dr Lorna Suen (Director of the CIC), Dr Wing Hong Seto, Professor Maurice Yap, Professor Angel Chan Lau, Dr Dominic Tsang, Professor Alex Molasiotis, and Ms Abbie Chan participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony.
  • Ms Conita Lam (Chair of HKICNA), Dr M O’Donoghue, Dr Lorna Suen, Dr Horace Mui (Associate Prof., Dept. of Building Services Engineering, PolyU) Dr Dominic Tsang (Chief Infection Control Officer, Hospital Authority), Prof. Alex Molasiotis, Dr. Steven Ho (Director, University Health Services, PolyU).
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  • From left: Dr Lorna Suen; Dr Wai Fong Chan (External Advisor of the CIC), Dr Danny Tong (Chairman, Advisory Committee of the CIC, from Jan 2016), Prof Alex Molasiotis (Head, School of Nursing, PolyU
  • Dr Seto Wing Hong (Outgoing Chair, Advisory Committee of the CIC)
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  • Ms Patricia Ching (Founding Chair HKICNA, former member Advisory Committee of the CIC).
 

To assume a leading role in the advancement of the specialty of infection control and disease prevention through professional development and training of health care professionals; conduct of research to enhance prevention and control of infection; and community education to promote healthy behaviours and foster a healthy environment.

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The CIC has an advisory committee composed of internal CIC members and local and international experts in the field of infection control, that meets annually to provide guidance on the future direction of CIC and to assist in building relationships with local and overseas collaborators.

To assume a leading role in the education of infection control.

  • The CIC will continue to organize its modular Certificate Course in Infectious Diseases and Infection Control for Health Care Professionals on an annual basis.
  • Other courses will be offered on an ad hoc basis as deemed necessary. These will include short infection control courses to:
    • Paramedical professionals (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and optometrists)
    • Child care workers
    • Elderly attending community centres for the elderly
    • Staff employed in the beauty industry
  • The CIC regularly responds to requests from within the university to organize workshops and seminars including;
    • Short talks to students on infection control during orientation camp;
    • Presentations to Library and Catering services staff;
    • Workshops on hygiene and environmental decontamination to facilities management personnel
  • NEW! MSc Infectious Diseases & Infection Control Stream of MSc Nursing
    Students with an interest in this specialist area are invited to register for the Infectious Diseases & Infection Control Stream of the MSc Nursing Programme offered by the School of Nursing. The following subjects will be included:
    • Contemporary Infectious Diseases
    • Infection Control Practice
    • Quality Management of Health Care Services
    Students will graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing (Infectious Diseases & Infection Control). For more information and details on registration please follow the link here.

To engage in applied research activities that contribute to prevention and control of infection.

CIC will focus on innovative research in infection control. Research collaborations at the level of the School, within the faculty and university, and both locally and internationally, will be encouraged.

Strengthen community education to promote health behaviors and foster healthy environments.

CIC will continue its role in community education via health talks to kindergartens, schools, and elderly centres.

Foster strong links with the local infection control community including the Hong Kong Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infection (HKSCMI) and the Hong Kong Society for Infectious Diseases (HKSID)

Advisor, Ex-officio of the Squina International Centre for Infection Control (CIC)    

Prof. Engle Angela CHAN
Professor
Interim Head, School of Nursing
Associate Director
International Research Centre for Advancement of Healthcare Communication (IRCAHC)
Department of English and Communication
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

 

Internal members from School of Nursing

Dr. Margaret O’DONOGHUE, Director
Dr. Kin CHEUNG, Associate Professor
Dr. Lin YANG, Associate Professor
Dr. Cynthia WU, Senior Teaching Fellow
Mr. Timothy LAI, Clinical Associate
Ms. Ivy WONG, Clinical Associate
Mr. Keith FUNG, Clinical Associate
Dr. Rainbow LEE, Advanced Practice Nurse
Ms. Ka Yan KO, Clinical Instructor

Ex-officio members (SN)

Mr. Edmond TONG, Senior Clinical Associate
Mr. Ego HO, Senior Information Technology Officer
Mr. Xavier LEUNG, Laboratory manager

Secretary

Ms. Sue LIANG (Project Associate)
Ms. Charis TAM (Project Assistant)

Affiliate Faculty Members

Dr. Gilman SIU, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Department of HTI, PolyU
Dr. Horace MUI, Associate Professor, Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering, PolyU

Coming soon

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Back row: Dr. Olivia Fung (Former internal member), Dr. Simon Lam**, Dr. Lin Yang**, Dr. Margaret O’Donoghue**, Dr. Cynthia Wu**
Front row: Mr. Sony Nai Yeung So*, Dr Danny Wah Kun Tong*, Prof. Alex Molasiotis (Advisor, Ex-officio of the Squina International Centre for Infection Control), Dr. Tak Keung Ng*, Dr. Lorna Suen, Dr. Wai Fong Chan*.
Advisory committee external members*
Internal members**

Advisory Committee members

Dr Tak Keung NG (Chairperson)
     Former ICO of Kowloon West Cluster
Dr. Danny Wah Kun TONG
     Senior Manager (Nursing)/Principal Nursing Officer, Hospital Authority Head Office.
     Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing, PolyU
Dr Wai Fong CHAN
     Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, PolyU
     Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, CUHK
Ms Yvette Wai Man LAI
     Senior Nursing Officer, Infection Control Nurse, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
Mr Sony Nai Yeung SO
     CND/Nursing Officer (Infection Control Nurse), Kwong Wah Hospital

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Dr. William JARVIS

President, Jason and Jarvis Associates;
Private consultant on Healthcare epidemiology and healthcare-associated infections

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Prof. Didier PITTET

Professor, Medicine & Hospital Epidemiology, The Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva
Director of Infection Control Programme, University of Geneva Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland

The link of a video http://tinyurl.com/AdaptToAdopt

Professor Didier Pittet’s work saves 5 to 8 million lives every year by focusing on hand hygiene in hospitals. In this fascinating talk that draws parallels from behavior change strategies that take resources, belief and culture into account he explains the global success of this ongoing campaign that depends on letting people adapt their own creativity and ideas to their own needs.
Professor Pittet is a Hospital Epidemiologist, Director of the Infection Control Programme and WHO’s Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, at the University of Geneva Hospitals. He is the Lead Adviser of the WHO Clean Care is Safe Care & African Partnerships for Patient Safety programmes. Today, the Clean Care is Safer Care campaign runs in over 180 countries.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.



Our Facilities

The CIC has recently been renovated to provide the following four three state of the art skill stations for education and research purposes. We also have a resource centre and a meeting room.

Skill Stations and Facilities of CIC
  1. Hand Hygiene Skill Station
  2. Mask Fitting & Personal Protective Equipment Skill Station
  3. Safety on Sharps, Specimen Collection & Waste Disposal Handling Skill Station


Education and Training

Certificate in Infectious Diseases and Infection Control for Health Care Professionals 2023

Course Information

Course name Certificate in Infectious Diseases and Infection Control for Health Care Professionals 2023
醫護人員之傳染病及感染控制證書課程
QF level
QF4 (HKQF 18 credits)
(QR Registration No.: 21/000505/L4)
Validity period: from 1 September 2021
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Mode of Attendance
Face-to-face or Online Mode^
Sub-Module 1 (Fridays) Jan 13, 19 (THURS AM), 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17; Exam: Feb 24 (AM)
Sub-Module 2
(Thursdays) Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Apr 6; Exam: Apr 13 (AM)
Sub-Module 3
(Thursdays) Apr 13 (PM), 20, 27; May 4, 11; Exam: May 18 (AM)
Duration
4.5 months
Time
09:00 – 17:00 *
Study Mode Part-time
Venue The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Main Campus
Delivery Language Cantonese/English
Course Material English
  DON'T MISS this opportunity to learn from over forty experts in the field of infectious diseases and infection control!!  
Target Audience This course is applicable to ALL healthcare professionals from all healthcare settings such as hospitals and long-term care facilities as well as allied health professionals and other interested/ relevant personnel  
Key Features
  • Three sub-modules comprehensively covering a variety of topics – offered annually
  • Flexible schedule – delivered one day per week from Jan to May. Total contact hours: 90
  • Includes a clinical microbiology laboratory session and a clinical visit*
  • Award of 88.5 CNE points subject to satisfactory attendance (Subject to approval)
  • A rigorously reviewed programme that adheres to the strict quality assurance requirements of PolyU
  • Lectures are recorded and available for the duration of the course to facilitate video revision. Recordings will be removed from the website one month after the end of the programme.
Certification Students who have passed and completed the assessments of all three sub-modules,
and attended at least 80% of the course will be presented with a Continuing Education Course Certificate awarded by PolyU.
Course Fee
Face-to-face class: HK$ 9000 (special offer: HK$ 8500)
Online class#: HK$ 8500 (special offer: HK$ 8100)

Special offer is available for:

  1. Early bird registration (by 25 November 2022).
  2. Staff or students of PolyU.
  3. Alumni of the School of Nursing, PolyU.
  4. Group registration of five or above.

^In the event of unexpected circumstances, such as an outbreak of infection, it may be necessary to move the teaching of the individual sub-modules online. In such situations, we cannot guarantee that laboratory sessions and hospital visits would proceed.
*Subject to finalisation of speaker arrangement, there may be minor changes in schedule
#Online mode will not include laboratory session or clinical visit.

 

About the course

We have revised and expanded our programme to bring you three sub-modules that provide a strong foundation in infectious diseases, followed by a detailed review of the latest infection control practices. Finally, participants will be introduced to the challenges of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, outbreaks of infection, tropical diseases, and the global crisis of antimicrobial resistance.

 

Syllabus

Sub-module 1: Contemporary infectious Diseases
Comprised of lectures on the aetiology, transmission mechanisms, and pathogenesis, of common infectious agents in healthcare settings and the community. A wide range of infections of clinical significance will be discussed including those caused by multi-drug resistant organisms in the healthcare settings, blood-borne pathogens, and emerging pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2, Ebola haemorrhaging fever, and pandemic influenza. Participants will have an opportunity to reinforce their understanding through a visit to the microbiology laboratory.
Sub-module 2: Infection Control Concepts and Practice
Enhances participants’ awareness of infection control concepts, examines current guidelines on infection prevention and control, discusses challenges such as caring for the immunocompromised host and ensuring patient safety during construction and renovation projects in healthcare facilities. The role of the infection control nurse, the importance of data collection and surveillance for infection will be discussed.
A clinical visit to the isolation wards, a renal dialysis centre, laundry services and the central sterile supply department will deepen the learning experience for participants. 
Sub-module 3: Special Issues of concern in Infectious Diseases and Infection Control 
This submodule will address topics such as weapons of mass destruction; the use of simulation training in infectious diseases education; mathematical modelling for infection control; travel related infections, research in infectious disease prevention and infection control, and infection control accreditation and continuous quality improvement.

 

Testimonials from previous participants

  • 'All the course materials are very up to date. Most of the lectures covered very important content and lots of fun facts to share! Love this course!'
  • 'A well-structured program providing learners with a comprehensive understanding on infectious diseases and infection control. The information is up-to-date, practical and interesting. Highly recommend it to healthcare colleagues.'
  • 'Update infection control knowledge and tutor experience sharing very useful applications to clinical work. This course is very practical to me. I am willing to recommend this course to others!'
  • 'This course opened the gateway to knowledge of infection control. Broad range of topics strengthened my daily work in infection control practice.'
  • 'The content is relevant to practice. interactive learning by means of Q&A via chat box which facilitates discussion of current practice issues'
  • 'The course is very inspiring for participants. The course is not only focused on traditional infection control concepts but also innovative contents for participants to learn, especially in engineering building in infection control.'
  • 'It is useful in my work and updated my infection control knowledge'
  • 'Well organized course with experienced speakers'

Payment Methods for Course Fee

Details of how to pay will be sent to you via email once we have received your registration.
Please note: According to the School's Refund Policy, course fees paid are normally not refundable, except cases of unsuccessful applications/ course cancellation. Fees paid and places allocated are not transferrable.

 

Enquiries

Miss Charis Tam
Email: sn.cic@polyu.edu.hk
Tel: (852) 2766 4132

 

Registration

Is now open for applications!

Register now: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/pfs/index.php/435355?lang=en 

To ensure the quality of our course, we have a limited quota, first-come, first-served!

 

Deadline

Early bird (Registration & Payment): 25 November 2022 (Friday)
Registration: 23 December 2022 (Friday)
Payment: 30 December 2022 (Friday)

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Master of Science in Nursing (Infectious Diseases and Infection Control)

Students interested in graduating with a Master of Science in Nursing (Infectious Diseases and Infection Control) must take the following core specialist subjects:

  • SN5118 Contemporary Infectious Diseases
  • SN5022 Infection Control Practice
  • SN5181 Quality Management of Health Care Services

Students must also complete a dissertation or Clinical Practicum Project in IDIC.

For further details about our programme, please click on this link.

If you have specific questions about the IDIC specialty, please contact the Stream coordinator Dr Margaret O’DONOGHUE at margaret.o.donoghue@polyu.edu.hk or Ms. Helen CHAN (administrative support) at ht-helen.chan@polyu.edu.hk.


Research

Project Title Principal Investigator Funding Support
Effects of indoor environmental factors on influenza like illness in the older population of Hong Kong Lin YANG (Dr) Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council (RGC)
Evaluation of personal protective equipment for preventing Ebola transmission in terms of degree of contamination during doffing, protocol violations, and perceived usability level
Lorna SUEN (Dr) Infection Control Research Fund, School of Nursing, PolyU.
Effectiveness of Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) irradiation for inactivation of multi-drug resistant organisms (Completed) Margaret O'DONOGHUE (Dr) Infection Control Research Fund, School of Nursing, PolyU.
Comparison of respiratory protection and comfort of different types of N95 masks during nursing procedures in a simulated clinical setting.
(Collaborated with the Bio and Healthcare Sector, Nano and Advanced Materials Research Institute) (Completed)
Lorna SUEN (Dr) Departmental General Research Fund, School of Nursing, PolyU
Assessment of In-use Reliability of N95 Respirators for Respiratory Protection of Health Care Workers (Completed) Lorna SUEN (Dr) Hong Kong Infection Control Nurses’ Association
Prevalence of Carriage and Characterisation of Strains of Staphylococcus aureus from Elderly Living in the Community (Completed) Margaret O’DONOGHUE (Dr) Infection Control Research Fund, School of Nursing, PolyU
Acceptability of Alcohol Based Hand Rub for Hand Hygiene and Evaluation of an Education Programme for Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance and Reducing Hand and Near-patient Environmental Contamination in Elderly Subjects in Long Term Care
(Completed)
Margaret O’DONOGHUE (Dr) Departmental General Research Funds, School of Nursing, PolyU
Epidemiological Studies on Influenza Vaccination among Household Contacts of High Risk Populations (Completed) Lin YANG (Dr) Departmental General Research Funds, School of Nursing, PolyU
Healthcare Utilization Associated with Acute Respiratory Diseases (Completed) Lin YANG (Dr) Infection Control Research Fund, School of Nursing, PolyU

Category: Personal Protective Equipment & Standard Precautions

Category: Influenza and Respiratory Tract Infections

Category: Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens

Category: Vaccination

Category: Hand hygiene

Category: Infection Control & Nursing

Category: Other infectious diseases

 


Resources

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) video (*NEW!!)
     
  • Types of PPE
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  • Hospital guideline for the proper use of PPE in different hospital settings for COVID-19
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  • 做好疑似新型冠狀病毒肺炎的自我防護 (與 四川大學 – 災後重建與管理學院合作)
   
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  • 新型冠狀病毒肺炎之 個人衛生和環境衛生的護理方法
 
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  • Hand hygiene
     
  • Hand washing technique
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  • Using alcohol based hand rub
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  • Surgical mask
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  • N95 respirator
   

  • Wearing of N95 respirator
     
  • Cup-shaped N95 respirator
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  • V8380+ Respirator (3-Panel design)
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  • V9580+ Respirator (Vertical flat-fold)
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  • M0011 Mask (Earloop with clips)
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  • Removal of N95 respirator
     
  • Cup-shaped N95 respirator
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  • V8380+ Respirator (3-Panel design)
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  • V9580+ Respirator (Vertical flat-fold)
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  • M0011 Mask (Earloop with clips)
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  • Face shield
     
  • Wearing of face shield
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  • Removal of face shield
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  • Disposable gown
     
  • Don disposable gown
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  • Removal of disposable gown
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  • Non-sterile examination gloves
     
  • Don non-sterile examination gloves
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  • Removal of non-sterile examination gloves
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  • Personal Protective Equipment
     
  • Put on Personal Protective Equipment
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  • Take off Personal Protective Equipment
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The Squina International Centre for Infection Control

Room FJ502
School of Nursing
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon
HKSAR
 

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