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 and/or staff. The best practices are identified in the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee’s (PIDAC) documents.
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. Some regulatory colleges may also investigate IPAC lapses. 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 below to support the prevention of IPAC lapses in clinical office practice and aide in IPAC lapse investigations.
Udpated! Frequently asked questions
PHO has compiled a list of frequently asked IPAC lapse questions pertaining to specific IPAC topics such as reprocessing, medication administration, laboratory responsibilities, and office design/facilities. The recent update includes additional guidance on the use of process challenge devices (PCDs) and chemical indicators (CIs). If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated November, 2018
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.