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Infection Prevention and Control Reference Guide 2017-2018

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Reference Guide is a compilation of resources and best practice documents on IPAC and outbreak management, and is to be used by long-term care homes and retirement homes to assist with IPAC programming and outbreak reporting and management.

This document is targeted to management and infection control practitioners in long-term care facilities and retirement homes. Responsibility for the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Program in a facility lies primarily with the senior administration of the organization. Implementation of the program rests not only with the IPAC team, but also with nursing managers, Environmental Services, Occupational Health and Safety, directors of medical services, central reprocessing and other departments and individuals in the facility impacted by the effective delivery of the program.  

 Enteric Illness


Control of Gastroenteritis Outbreaks in Long Term Care Homes, October 2013    English  /   French  

How to Collect and Process an Enteric Specimen

Labstract:  C-Difficile toxin testing 

Testing, Surveillance & Management of Clostridium difficile in All Health Care Settings, (PIDAC),  January 2013

 Environmental Cleaning

Best Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Medical Equipment/Devices, [PIDAC] May 2013

Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning for Prevention & Control of Infections in All Health Care Settings, [PIDAC], May 2012
  [under review]

 Fact Sheets

Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)   English

Clostridium difficile  English

Communicable Disease Outbreaks in Long Term Care Settings  English

Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase (ESBL)  English

Gastroenteritis   English / French

Hand Hygiene    English / French

Hand Hygiene for Health Care Settings    English

Influenza      English / French

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)  English

Norovirus    English / French 

Protect yourself and others from the FLU    English / French

Shingles   English / French

Understanding the Spread of Infection  English / French

Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)  English

 General Information


Enteric Outbreaks - General Test Requisition Form

Institutional Outbreak Line Listing

Reportable Diseases List    

Reportable Disease Notification Form 

Respiratory Outbreaks - General Test Requisition Form

 Newsletters - NEW

Newsletters will be published yearly. For an AODA compliant newsletter please contact us at 705-474-1400 ext 2229.

Fall 2017 - Long Term Care and Retirement Home Infection Control Newsletter

 Respiratory Illness

How to Collect and Process a Nasopharyngeal Specimen

Transfers and Returns between LTCHs and Hospital during Outbreaks 

The use of Antiviral Drugs for Influenza: A foundation document for Practitioners 

Labstract: Respiratory Viral Testing Algorthim - Update for Fall and Winter 2017-2018 - September 2017



Cover Your Cough  (Poster)

Hand Washing Instruction

Hand Sanitizer Instruction

Outbreak Signs    English French   

Outbreaks in LTCHs pamphlet   English  / French

Quick Reference to Detecting and Managing Outbreaks

PHO - IPAC Core Compentencies

IPAC (Infection Prevention and Control) Resources


Best Practices for Hand Hygiene - In All Health Care Settings [PIDAC] April 2014

Best Practices for Surveillance of Health Care-Associated Infections in Patient and Resident Populations, [PIDAC] July 2014    

Best Practices for Infection Prevention and Control Programs in Ontario [PIDAC] May 2012

Routine Practices and Additional Precautions (PIDAC) November 2012

Screening, Testing and Surveillance for Antibiotic-Resistant Organisms (AROs), (PIDAC) February 2013


Active Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Resource for Clinicians Checklist 

Canadian Tuberculosis Standards - 7th Edition      

Normes canadiennes pour la lutte antituberculeuse, 7e édition 2013    

Desk Reference for Health Care Professionals  

Positive Tuberculin Skin Test Report

Labstract:  Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB) Smear Reports - correlation with the Canadian TB Standards, 7th edition, March 2014 

Labstract: Mycobacteriology and Tuberculosis (TB) Laboratory Update: Change to real time PCR for the direct detection of M.tuberculosis complex (Mtbc) and Mycobacteriumarium avium complex (MAC) [LAB-SD-114-000]      

TB Screening Recommendations for LTCHs

TB Screening Recommendations for RHs     

TB Screening Recommendations for Employees and Volunteers

The Online TST/IGRA Interpreter -  http://www.tstin3d.com/index/html

  last updated:  October 2017



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