New infection prevention and control general standards now in effect
December 1, 2016
Following extensive consultation and piloting, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta’s (CPSA’s) Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Program has released standards for general infection prevention and control in private, non-governmental medical facilities not accredited by the CPSA (available at bit.ly/IPAC0615).
The standards replace the Checklist for Physician’s General Office Environment and will serve to clarify the expectations of clinics in topics for which there were previously no minimum requirements.
IPAC assessors will start using the new standards immediately to address IPAC-related complaints, however, clinics will be given a grace period to comply with a few specific standards (clearly highlighted in the standards document available at bit.ly/IPAC0615).
Meeting the IPAC general standards will help ensure the clinic environment in Alberta is safe for patients and staff alike.
If you or your staff has questions, please contact the IPAC Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780.969.5004.