Resources for Preventing Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Lapses
An IPAC lapse occurs when there is deviation from IPAC best practices resulting in possible infectious disease transmission to patients, clients or staff through exposure to blood, body fluids, secretions, excretions, mucous membranes, non-intact skin or soiled items. The best practices are identified in the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee’s (PIDAC) Routine Practices and Additional Precautions document.
Public health units investigate IPAC lapses and provide support and resources as outlined in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC) Ontario Public Health Standards and Protocols. Public Health Ontario (PHO) provides scientific and technical advice to local public health units during an investigation including consultations and risk assessments, as required.
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.
Frequently asked questions
Updated December 15, 2017
PHO has compiled a list of frequently asked IPAC lapse questions. The recent update includes a new section - Office Design/ Facilities and additional guidance on reprocessing and sterilizers. If you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
Priority IPAC practices
Two areas of IPAC practices most commonly identified as needing attention during lapse consultations and risk assessments are reprocessing and medication administration.