The purpose of this manual is to provide a summary of the IPAC standards that shall be used while providing care in all programs and services at BCCH, BCW, BCMHSUS-CW, and SHHCC.
The manual outlines Routine Practices and Additional Precautions (RP/AP). The goal of RP/AP is to reduce the transmission of health care-associated infections. It also contains outbreak management, reportable diseases, signs, fact sheets, information on toys and pets and a table of selected infectious diseases, conditions and microorganisms for easy reference.
Many resources were consulted in the development of this manual including current regulations, standards, scientific research, and expert opinions. Examples include but are not limited to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), BC Provincial Infection Control Network (PICNet), Accreditation Canada, and the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) in Ontario.
In addition to the standardsoutlined in this manual, programs such as Laboratory, Operating Room, Sterile Processing Department, Housekeeping, and Food Services will have written standards for the prevention of infection transmission specific to their own service or departments. These standards and their associated references should be used, in conjunction with this manual, to provide comprehensive information for the end user.
‘shall’ indicates mandatory requirements based on legislated requirements;
‘must’ indicates best practice, i.e., the minimum standard based on current recommendations in the medical literature;
‘should’ indicates a recommendation or that which is advised but not mandatory; and
‘may’ indicates an advisory or optional statement.