Infectious Diseases

We provide inpatient consultative services for an entire range of infectious disease issues including respiratory infections, bone/joint and soft tissue infections, congenital infections, central nervous system infections, and infections associated with immunodeficiencies. 

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Our history

The Montreal Children’s Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases has been active since the 1970s. We have provided consultation services in infectious diseases to all areas of clinical care in the hospital. In addition we have had a long-standing training program in Infectious Disease and Microbiology, which is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

All members of the Division have been involved in teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students at McGill University. Over the years members of the Division have also been active in research areas such as neutrophil function, vaccine trials, respiratory viral infections and epidemiology of nosocomial and vaccine-preventable diseases. The Division has always been academically integrated with the hospital’s Department of Microbiology and members of the Division participate in many provincial and national committees.

 

Our team

The Infectious Disease team is composed of seven physicians and an infection control practitioner. Some of our physicians have additional certification in Medical Microbiology and Allergy and Immunology as well as advanced research training. We are also involved in clinical research at the Montreal Children’s Hospital Vaccine Study Centre.

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Where the care happens

The Division provides comprehensive advice, consultation and follow-up for infectious disease issues both for patients admitted to the hospital those seen on an outpatient basis. 

Our services

We provide inpatient consultative services for an entire range of infectious disease issues including respiratory infections, bone/joint and soft tissue infections, congenital infections, central nervous system infections, and infections associated with immunodeficiencies. We also provide ambulatory interdisciplinary care to children who require long-term therapy.

The Division is also involved with the Hospital Infection Prevention and Control Service. This service provides monitoring of hospital-acquired infections and is responsible for investigation of any outbreak, guideline development, and teaching healthcare professionals in many areas.

 

Conditions and treatments

We see a full range of complicated infections in the hospital setting including infections in children with compromised immune systems, post-surgical infections, and those with complex needs. We also provide clinical care on an outpatient basis to children receiving long-term antibiotic treatment for significant infections.