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The expectation of patients is that the medical instruments used for their care have been properly cleaned, disinfected, and when applicable, sterilized. However, studies have shown that numerous infection prevention and control (IPAC) lapses continue to occur due to improper reprocessing and unsafe injection practices in clinical office settings. In this session, we will explore the extent of infection transmission and infectious disease outbreaks in Ontario and their impact on patient morbidity and mortality. We will then examine evidence for best practices in medical device reprocessing and outline roles and responsibilities of PHO and partners in an IPAC Lapse investigation, based on a risk assessment algorithm.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
• Identify key high risk infection prevention and control (IPAC) practices in office settings that result in infection transmission
• Describe the extent of infection transmission and infectious disease outbreaks as well as their impact on patient morbidity and mortality and community follow-up
• Outline roles and responsibilities of PHO and partners in an IPAC Lapse investigation, based on a risk assessment algorithm
• Describe key principles in medical device reprocessing including steps in cleaning, transport, disinfection, sterilization, and recording
• Access useful IPAC resources and educational modules on the PHO website
Presenters: Anne Augustin and Dr. Maureen Cividino
Anne Augustin is an Infection Prevention and Control Specialist at Public Health Ontario. Anne has been a key contributor to the development of the tools and resources available from PHO to assist health care providers in achieving best practice in the cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of medical equipment.
Dr. Maureen Cividino is an Infection Prevention and Control Physician and occupational health physician at PHO. Through her work as a member of the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC), Dr. Cividino has contributed to best practice guidelines published by PIDAC, and is a key player in the IPAC Department’s efforts to educating health care providers to maximize patient and health care worker safety.
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