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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.

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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.