IPAC Week 6 – Routine Precautions – Control of Environment

Required Readings – Week 6

Read: 1. Principles of Cleaning and Disinfecting Environmental Surfaces in a Health Care Environment; pages 17 – 19 not including 1.2 Health Care Design and Product Selection.


References – Week 6

Routine Practices – Environment

The following were developed by the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee on Infection Prevention and Control (PIDAC-IPC). PIDAC-IPC is a multidisciplinary scientific advisory body that provides evidence-based advice to the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion regarding multiple aspects of infectious disease identification, prevention and control.

Best Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Medical Equipment/Devices In All Health Care Settings, 3rd edition (2013). This document is intended for health care providers to ensure that the critical elements and methods of decontamination, disinfection and sterilization are incorporated into health care facility procedures. The document describes essential elements and methods in the safe handling, monitoring and auditing, transportation and biological decontamination of contaminated medical equipment/devices.

Found: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/b/2013/bp-cleaning-disinfection-sterilization-hcs.pdf?la=en

Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning for Prevention and Control of Infections in All Health Care Settings, 3rd Edition (2018). This document deals with the cleaning and disinfection of the physical environment in health care as they relate to the prevention and control of infections. It also deals with the cleaning and disinfecting of noncritical equipment.

Found: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/B/2018/bp-environmental-cleaning.pdf

Public Health Ontario IPAC Core Competency Course – IPAC Core Competencies are basic skills and knowledge all Ontario health care workers need to have. These courses will help learners improve their IPAC knowledge with the goal to help decrease the risk of transmission of infection in health care. For more information contact ipac@oahpp.ca

Chain of Transmission and Risk Assessment. This module highlights the Chain of Transmission, how to break the links in the Chain and how to conduct a risk assessment.

Found: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/i/2020/ipac-core-accessible-cot-course.pdf?la=en

Control of the Environment This module describes how controlling the environment can help prevent infections, effective cleaning of the environment and equipment and engineering controls.

Found: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/i/2020/ipac-core-accessible-coe-course.pdf?la=en