Infection Prevention and Control

Infection Prevention and Control

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) develops, implements, and provides ongoing management of the IPAC programs to prevent the development of new infections and the spread of existing ones and to minimize the risk of healthcare-associated infections in residents, families, staff and visitors. It also develops and maintains a surveillance system for the timely collection, tabulation, analysis and reporting of communicable diseases.

The IPAC develops, evaluates and updates policies and procedures regarding IPAC based on applicable regulations, organizational priorities, evidence, and best practices for continual improvement. It is also involved in orientation of staff, residents, families, companions, volunteers and visitors.

There is an IPAC Committee which actively participates in addressing Occupational Health and Safety issues related to IPAC. Ensures provision of resources needed to support IPAC activities based on the size of the organization and the type services it provides. Ensures provision of Influenza vaccine to staff, companions, volunteers and residents and Pneumococcal vaccine to residents. Keeps records of immunization.
IPAC gives inputs during planning and designing physical environment including plans for construction and renovation, based on national standards.

There is a fulltime Infection Control Practitioner (ICP) who acts as a liaison between LBHH/WR and Vancouver Coastal Health and BC Centre for Disease Control during disease outbreaks and pandemics. Communicates and ensures adherence to control measures as recommended by the Medical Health Officer.

The ICP is accountable for quality oversight and for coordinating reprocessing of medical devices and equipment in the facility.