Infection, Prevention and Control (IPAC)
The Infection, Prevention and Control (IPAC) program at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) ensures compliance with infection control standards and best practices across the hospital. IPAC works to increase the quality and safety of patient care by identifying sources of infections and preventing their spread through surveillance, consultation, audits and education to staff, patients and families.
With the data gathered through surveillance and audits, IPAC monitors Infection Control Indicators, which are Ontario Shores’ rates for common hospital acquired infections such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) and Clostridium Difficile (C. Difficile) as well as Hand Hygiene compliance.
IPAC provides infection control education at Orientation for new staff, volunteers and students. This education includes the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Infection Control Core Competencies – Hand Hygiene, Routine Practices and Chain of Transmission. To maintain competency in these areas, all staff and volunteers review this information annually.
Ongoing education for both staff and patients on relevant and timely infection control topics is also a key focus. IPAC attends Patient Community Meetings on a regular basis and provides education to patients on cough etiquette and hand hygiene, and will provide education to families upon request of the treatment team. The program also helps administer the annual flu campaign for patients.