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.

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IPAC Courses

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.

Go to: Reprocessing in Community Health Care Settings


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.

Go to: MDR in Community Healthcare Settings

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



Reprocessing Toolkit

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.


Standards & Assessment Tools


PPE Education

We want to make your office environment safe for patients and staff. The following resources will help ensure you and your staff are properly putting on and taking off personal protective equipment (PPE) when cleaning and sterilizing medical equipment.

How to don & doff PPE

In just 5 minutes you’ll see how to put on and remove Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)!


Reprocessing Poster

Procedure Manual Instructions


IPAC Guidelines & Additional Resources


Rules for member participation

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.



Committee Members

Dr. Allan Ho, Dr. Mark Joffe, Dr. Kathryn Koliaska (Co-Chair), Ms. Susan Lafferty, Dr. Oscar Larios (Co-Chair), Dr. Lyle Mittelsteadt, Dr. Tarek Motan, Ms. Pamela Ritchie and Dr. Jared Van Bussel


Contact

780-969-5004 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 5004 (in Canada)
Fax: 780-424-5859
ipac@cpsa.ab.ca