These IPAC best practices will assist physicians with their clinical office-based practice. Some components have been derived from legislation and regulations, and will state in explicit terms what physicians should or should not do. Other sections are evidence-based best practices, intended to increase awareness about the day-to-day risks of infection acquisition and transmission in a physician’s clinical office and to equip physicians with practical guidance and tools to minimize such risks.
The IPAC checklists were developed to promote consistency when conducting IPAC inspections of out-of-hospital premises (OHP), independent health facilities (IHF) and other clinical office settings. They will assist you in IPAC assessment activities and are not mandatory. The risk categorizations in these checklists are minimum expectations and may be elevated beyond what is indicated on the checklist where necessary based on the local assessment of the Medical Officer of Health/designate.
PHO develops resources based on the best available evidence and is committed to reviewing and updating these resources in a timely manner based on feedback from their use in the field. For more information or to provide feedback on the checklists, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
These checklists were developed to assist public health units and others during IPAC lapse investigations and can be used to conduct inspections, audits and reviews of IPAC programs in dental practice settings:
PHO has developed resources to support the prevention and investigation of IPAC lapses in community settings. These settings include clinics, clinical office practice settings, family health teams, community health, and personal services settings.
Recommendations for Education, Training and Certification for Reprocessing in Clinical Office Settings
Recommendations for Conjunctivitis Prevention in Ophthalmology/Optometry Clinical Office Practice
Top Five High Risk Practice Recommendations
Guidance on the use of multidose vials
Monthly inspection for clinical office safety
Safe medication practices
Office infection prevention and control
Reprocessing endoscopy equipment
IPAC CORE elements for clinical office practice
Reprocessing of medical equipment/device for clinical office practice
Endoscopy for clinical office practice
IPAC Core elements in dental practice settings
Reprocessing in dental practice settings
Cover your cough
Self screening sign
How to handrub/How to handwash
Putting on personal protective equipment
Removing personal protective equipment
Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Medical Equipment / Devices
Routine Practices and Additional Precautions
Environmental cleaning toolkit
IPAC Core Competencies
Reprocessing in Community Health Care Settings
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
Resources for preventing IPAC lapses
Just Clean Your Hands
Risk algorithm for PPE use
Sample screening algorithm for acute respiratory infection