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Best Practice Recommendations

If not done properly and consistently, health-care practices and the equipment used by health-care providers may spread infection. Infection Prevention & Control is often consulted to conduct reviews and provide best practice recommendations in order to prevent a patient from acquiring a health-care associated infection.

AHS Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs) are developed using the AHS Clinical Policy Governance Document Framework to:

  • Establish direction to enhance patient safety and quality of care
  • Support provincial and zone delivery of evidence informed IPC practices

IPC, along with Alberta Health, Accreditation Canada, and Canadian Standards Association (CSA), prioritizes BPG development in alignment with the IPC Strategic Plan and to address identified clinical practice issues.

Best Practice Guidelines

Recommendations are:

  • Based on evidence and expert opinion (and recent literature is reviewed) from:
    • International: World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • National: Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
    • Provincial: Ontario Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) or Provincial Infection Control Network (PICNet) organizations
  • Developed by an IPC working group with multi-disciplinary representation and in consultation with key stakeholders (e.g. Alberta Health, Alberta Health Professional Regulatory Bodies and AHS staff and physicians)
  • Reviewed, endorsed and approved by IPC leadership including IPC Physician consultation
  • Disseminated and communicated through IPC for implementation in the applicable clinical area
  • Evaluated and reviewed every 3 years by the IPC Document Revision Working Group
Patient Care
Equipment Cleaning, Disinfection & Storage
Equipment Selection & Process
  • Patient Care Tubs IPC Guidelines (2013)
  • Selection and Management of Isolation Carts IPC Guidelines (2014)
  • Selection of Furniture and Other Non-Medical Devices for Patient Care Areas IPC Guidelines (2014)
  • Sink and Faucet Fixtures IPC Guidelines (2011)
  • Mattress Pillow Purchase Maintenance IPC Guidelines (2016)