New FAQs surrounding IPAC General Standards (standards in effect as of June 15, 2016)

Morgan Hrynyk CPSA, Infection Prevention and Control

Post updated January 10, 2017 Applies to all private, non-governmental facilities NOT accredited by the CPSA Following extensive consultation and piloting, the IPAC Program has released standards for general infection prevention and control in private, non-governmental medical facilities not accredited by the CPSA. The standards replace the Checklist for Physician’s General Office Environment and will serve to clarify the expectations of clinics in topics for …

Read the fine print. It’s no small matter with product labels.

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Important instructions can sometimes ‘hide’ in the small print of product labeling: Discard unused portion 3 days after initial use. – Xylocaine (2% lidocaine hydrochloride) No antimicrobial agent or other substance has been added. Single use container. – 0.9% sodium chloride irrigation What’s not small are the consequences of improper use, which can put your patients’ safety at risk — …

Why is the public calling the College?

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Occasionally, members of the public contact the College or Alberta Health Services after experiencing or observing ‘unclean’ community medical offices. What are the TOP 5 concerns?  Lack of hand hygiene, including missing or inadequately stocked hand hygiene stations Poor cleaning & general sanitation (e.g., a dirty office environment) Inadequate cleaning & disinfection during examination room turnover Appearance of unclean non-critical …

IPAC program summed up in 10 words: Alberta physicians continue to reprocess and are meeting best practices

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In 2007, in response to high profile incidents concerning improper medical device reprocessing, the Minister of Health directed the College to review infection prevention and control (IPAC) procedures in physician offices. In 2008, Alberta Health and Wellness released provincial standards and gave the College responsibility to enforce these standards for Alberta physicians. Over the last five years, the College’s IPAC …