Infection Prevention and Control for Clinical Office Practice
This Public Health document increases awareness about day-to-day infection risks and the best ways to minimize them.
The Provincial Infection Diseases Advisory Committee on Infection Prevention and Control developed the Infection Prevention and Control for Clinical Office Practice (IPAC) document in collaboration with the CPSO.
IPAC’s evidence-based best practices assist physicians in protecting patients and staff from various infections and diseases. It offers tools and guidance to reduce the risk of transmitting infections person-to-person or indirectly through shared objects when providing care.
To aid your practice and complement your clinical judgement, the document outlines:
- Principles of infection prevention and control in a clinical office setting.
- Legislation relating to clinical office practice, and duties of physicians as employers and supervisors.
- Issues to consider when setting up a new clinical office.
- Rationale and tools for infection screening and risk assessment.
- Recommendations for providing a clean clinical office environment.
- Guidance for reprocessing reusable medical equipment.
- Protection and safety issues related to staff.
Following these best practices during routine care and knowing how to respond to the threat of infection can:
- Lessen the risks associated with serious infectious disease outbreaks;
- Elevate the level of practice in clinical office settings; and
- Protect the public by minimizing the risk of infection.