Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes

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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 / Contrôle des épidémies de gastro entérite dans les foyers de soins de longue durée

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

Fact sheets

Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)

Clostridium difficile

Communicable Disease Outbreaks in Long Term Care Settings

Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase (ESBL)

Gastroenteritis / La gastroentérite

Hand Hygiene / L’hygiène des mains

Hand Hygiene for Health Care Settings

Influenza / La grippe

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Norovirus / Le norovirus

Protect yourself and others from the FLU / Faits relatifs à la grippe

Shingles / Le zona

Understanding the Spread of Infection / Comprendre le mode de propagation des infections

Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)

General information

Enteric Outbreaks - General Test Requisition Form

Institutional Outbreak Line Listing

Diseases of public health significance list

Diseases of public health significance notification Form 

Respiratory Outbreaks - General Test Requisition Form


Newsletters will be published yearly. For an AODA compliant newsletter please contact us at 705-474-1400 ext 5229.

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

Respiratory illness

Recommendations for the Control of Respiratory Infection Outbreaks in Long-Term Care Homes, 2018  NEW

Antiviral Recommendation for Institutional Influenza Outbreaks, 2017-2018 Season

Guidance on Use of Antiviral Drugs given Potential Low Vaccine Effectiveness for the 2017 - 2018 Influenza Season 

Best Practices for Prevention of Transmission of Acute Respiratory Infection in All Health Care Settings, (PIDAC) March 2013

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 Algorithim - Update for Fall and Winter 2017-2018 - September 2017


Cover Your Cough

Hand Washing Instruction

Hand Sanitizer Instruction

Outbreak Signs  / Avis d’éclosion

Outbreaks in LTCHs pamphlet / Éclosions dans les établissements de soins de santé

Quick Reference to Detecting and Managing Outbreaks

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
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