INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL (IPAC)
We review and assess IPAC practices in physician offices and clinics.
Education is our priority
We help ensure Alberta physicians meet the highest standards for infection prevention and control.Rules for Member Participation
IPAC Courses | MDR Toolkit | Standards & Assessment Tools | PPE Education | Guidelines & Resources | Rules | Committee
AHS identifies M. chimaera as an infection risk in cardiac surgery
Alberta Health Services (AHS) confirmed one of its patients contracted M. chimaera from the heater cooler units used in cardiovascular surgery. Although the risk for getting the infection is believed to be low, AHS is sharing this information with clinicians providing care to cardiac surgery patients, media and the public. Find out what symptoms to look for and who you can contact with concerns.
IPAC CORE Competencies (Public Health Ontario)
Basic skills and knowledge all health care workers need to understand about IPAC. This course helps protect workers, their patients, and co-workers from infections; regardless of their role, position, education, and experience.
Go to: IPAC Core Competencies
Reprocessing in Community Health Care Settings (Public Health Ontario)
Following best practices helps prevent the transmission of infection to healthcare providers and clients/patients. If you are responsible for reprocessing in community healthcare settings, this course is for you.
MDR In Community Healthcare Settings (CSA Group)
Four modules available depending upon your unique community healthcare practice and area of expertise. The first module contains core lessons and is necessary for the completion of the course. The other three modules build on the first module and are optional as they are setting and/or device specific.
MDR Course (CPSA)
Prepare for your assessment and earn credit. We offer a free online course to highlight your physician obligations under provincial legislation and to help ensure a safe working environment for you, your medical office staff and patients.
CFPC Mainpro participants may claim Mainpro-M2 credits for this activity, while participants of the Royal College MOC Program may use this course as a stimulus to develop a personal learning project.
Go to: mdrcourse.cpsa.ca
Practical tools for you and your staff to meet best practices when reprocessing medical equipment. Includes suggested supplies required for reprocessing, templates to assist writing policies and procedures, factors to consider when purchasing a sterilizer and much more.
Download & print the entire toolkit or review specific sections below.
How to don & doff PPE
In just 5 minutes you’ll see how to put on and remove Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)!
- Cleaning and Disinfection of Reusable Instruments that Contact the Surface of the Eye
- Cleaning of Reusable Ear Cleaning Equipment
- Renovating or Developing New Clinical Office Space
General Infection Prevention & Control:
- Infection Prevention and Control for Clinical Office Practice
- Routine Practices and additional precautions for preventing the transmission of infection in healthcare settings
Medical Device Reprocessing:
- Reprocessing Critical & Semi-Critical Equipment – A Physician Toolkit
- Standards for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Reusable Medical Devices for Health Care Facilities and Settings
- Best Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization in all Healthcare Settings
Occupational Health & Safety:
New FAQs surrounding IPAC General Standards (standards in effect as of June 15, 2016)July 7, 2016
Read the fine print. It’s no small matter with product labels.July 3, 2014
Why is the public calling the College?April 2, 2014
IPAC program summed up in 10 words: Alberta physicians continue to reprocess and are meeting best practicesOctober 4, 2013
Under the Health Professions Act, College Council is required to approve rules for physician participation. The Rules for Member Participation were approved in December 2015, after formal consultation with the profession.
780-969-5004 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 5004 (in Canada)