In early 2005, the Ministry of Health created the Provincial Infection Control Network (PICNet) in British Columbia. The Provincial Infection Control Network of British Columbia (PICNet) is a provincial program of the Provincial Health Services Authority with a specific interest in the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections. The key areas include surveillance, guidelines and education. PICNet works together with partners on province-wide surveillance initiatives, development and promotion of evidence-based best practices, and the creation of educational and operational tools. The community of practice includes experts in infection prevention and control, occupational health and safety, public health, infectious diseases, patient safety and quality, microbiology laboratories, and other sectors
The characterization of infection control by PICNet is very broad and includes acute care, public health, occupational health and safety, residential/transitional care and the community. In other words, PICNet consists of the entire multidisciplinary team involved in infection prevention, surveillance and control in the province of British Columbia.
The goal of PICNet is to establish provincially supported infection control knowledge collaborative among the stakeholding regional and provincial health organizations.
The role of PICNet is to maximize coordination and integration of activities related to health care associated infection prevention, surveillance and control for the entire province using an evidence-based approach.
PICNet aims to foster collaboration in activity areas such as: service delivery, communications, training, education, surveillance, research and the development of preferred practice guidelines, policies and procedures. PICNet also advocates for appropriate and sustainable resources.