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Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC)

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) team develops, implements, and evaluates strategies and programs to prevent and control infectious diseases. Our primary focus is on healthcare associated infections​. Here are our roles and functions:

Regional IPAC Offices

Five Regional IPAC Offices across Ontario assist healthcare providers in implementing best practices in Infection Prevention and Control. Our infection prevention and control experts provide support and information to: ​
  • Respond to client requests and inquiries
  • Introduce and disseminate PHO guidance, resources and tools
  • Support the implementation of IPAC initiatives to achieve best practice
  • Facilitate client networks and collaboration
  • Inform IPAC-related research
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Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) 

PIDAC-IPC is comprised of infection prevention and control experts who: 
  • Provide expert advice on communicable diseases, infection prevention and control, epidemiology, and immunization.
  • Create best practice guidelines for infection prevention and control in all health care settings​.
  • Develop evidence-based knowledge products. 
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IPAC Core Competencies Online Learning Course

This is a comprehensive e-learning program for front-line health care workers that:
  • Provides education and tools to protect themselves, and their clients, patients, and residents, from infection
  • Offers online PIDAC best practice documents for routine practices and additional precautions 
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Just Clean Your Hands (JCYH)

The JCYH hand hygiene program​ is evidence-based and designed to:
  • Improve hand hygiene in hospitals, long-term care homes, and retirement homes.
  • Provide tools and resources to promote and improve hand hygiene practices available upon request.
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In conjunction with the  Ontario Hospital Association, this province-wide program: 

  • Develops tools and resources to help hospitals evaluate and measure appropriate use​ of antimicrobials
  • Evaluates best practices and methods that support ASP practices in hospitals
  • Assesses how to support ASP across the spectrum of care

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Infection Control Resource Teams (ICRT) are available upon request to support hospitals and other health care settings during outbreaks; particularly for occurrences of Clostridium difficile. These teams consist of physicians, infection prevention and control practitioners and epidemiologists and who have expertise in outbreak management and infection prevention and control.

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