Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) for Health Professionals
Learn about infection prevention and control with these resources and guidance documents for health professionals.
Niagara Region Public Health's role in infection prevention and control includes:
- Education in best practices to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases
- Investigation of complaints / lapses / potential health hazards in accordance with the Health Protection and Promotion Act and Protocols and Guidelines published under the Ontario Public Health Standards
- Support long-term care homes, retirement homes and other settings with infection prevention and control best practices
See Public Health Ontario's best practice documents from the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee on Infection Prevention and Control.
Call Niagara Region Public Health’s Infectious Disease program at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7330.
Sub-topics on infection prevention and control
- Clinical offices
Clinical office practice
Learn about reducing the transmission of infections, decreasing the risk of outbreaks, and protecting the public attending and staff working in a clinical office practice setting.
Infection prevention and control checklist for clinical office practice - core elements
A checklist to help support clinical office practices in examining, evaluating (for example, self-assessment) and comparing their current practices using provincial recommendations.
Infection prevention and control checklist for clinical office practice - reprocessing
A checklist to help support clinical office practices on reprocessing of medical equipment.
Top five high risk practices
See recommendations that address the top five practices that put patients and others at risk in a physician's office.
Reprocessing and preventing infection and prevention control lapses
Learn about the cleaning and disinfection or sterilization of reusable medical items in health care and personal service settings.
Resources for preventing infection prevention and control lapses
Learn about preventing and investigating lapses in community settings.
Long-term care homes, retirement homes and public hospitals
- Respiratory infection outbreaks in institutions and public hospitals
- For COVID-19 outbreak definitions for high-risk settings, see the Ministry of Health's novel coronavirus appendix
- Gastroenteritis outbreaks in institutions and public hospitals
COVID-19 guidance documents and resources
- COVID-19 guidance: long-term care homes, retirement homes and other congregate living settings for public health units
- COVID-19 guidance document for long-term care homes in Ontario
- COVID-19 guidance for retirement homes in Ontario
- COVID-19 long-term care resources. Resources to help staff and administrators of long-term care homes and retirement homes manage and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks.
- Infection Prevention and Control Self-Assessment Audit for Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes
- Hamilton Niagara Haldimand-Norfolk Brant Infection Prevention and Control Hub. Learn about support for group living settings offered by the Hub.
Routine practices, additional precautions and personal protective equipment (PPE)
Routine practices and additional precautions
Learn about applying routine practices and additional precautions in health care settings across the continuum of care.
Additional precautions signage and lanyard cards
Standardized infection prevention and control signage and lanyard cards for hospitals and long-term care homes.
YouTube playlist - routine practices and additional precautions
A series of educational and 'how to' videos, including for wearing personal protective equipment.
Personal protective equipment auditing
Learn about establishing, improving and maintaining a personal protective equipment auditing and feedback program.
Hand hygiene and environmental cleaning
- Hand hygiene
- Environmental cleaning
- Infection prevention and control for environmental cleaning in health care online learning modules
Modules and resources for frontline environmental service workers and managers, as well as infection control professionals working in all health care settings.
- Education and learning opportunities