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Best Practice Recommendations

If not done properly and consistently, healthcare practices and the equipment used by healthcare 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 healthcare associated infection.

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

  • Provide  provincial recommendations to enhance patient safety and quality of care
  • Support provincial and zone delivery of evidence informed IPC practices; while allowing Zone/site flexibility in implementation.

IPC, prioritizes BPR development in alignment with the IPC Strategic Plan to address identified clinical practice issues and to meet Alberta Health, Accreditation Canada and Canadian Standards Association requirements.

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 the Document Revision 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
  • Dated and posted on our IPC External Website
  • Updated regularly. The update process includes an evaluation survey of the existing document, literature review, stakeholder consultation, IPC leadership review and approval, reposting with date of update.
  • Revised as needed including minor changes such as placement on updated IPC template, refreshing links, clarification of wording, updating of references and reposting with date of revision.
  • Dates of development, updates and revisions are indicated in the footer.
Patient Care

Note: the original creation date, and / or the last revised date can be found within each document.

Information Sheets

Equipment Cleaning, Disinfection & Storage

Note: the original creation date, and / or the last revised date can be found within each document.

COVID-19 Resources for AHS Staff & Health Professionals

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Equipment Selection & Process

Note: the original creation date, and / or the last revised date can be found within each document.

Information Sheets