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IPAC News: Ask the Expert

How can I incorporate guidance from PIDAC best practice documents into the IPAC program at my facility?

The following response has been provided by: Andrea Iacurti and David Ryding, Infection Prevention and Control Consultants, IPAC, Public Health Ontario

The evidence-based best practice documents, developed by the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committees (PIDAC), promote the safety of patients, clients, residents, staff, and visitors. Below are a few suggestions for using them to strengthen the infection prevention and control program at your facility:

  • Become familiar with the documents, supporting tools, and resources. Refer to them regularly when you address day-to-day questions and concerns.
  • Refer to PIDAC documents in your facility’s policies and procedures to ensure that staff draw on the best available evidence in their daily practice.
  • Note relevant PIDAC documents during your annual IPAC review with staff.  This is also a good time to educate staff about new or updated documents.
  • Use the Summary of Recommendations to scan the main points of each document. Use the summaries as a checklist or audit to determine your facility’s strengths and areas for improvement, and incorporate audit findings into continuous quality-improvement initiatives.

Contact your local Regional Infection Control Network for assistance with adopting PIDAC best practices as part of your facility’s IPAC program.

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