INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Guidelines have been developed as a collaboration between the Alberta College of Dental Hygienists, the College of Alberta Dental Assistants, the College of Alberta Denturists, and the College of Dental Technicians of Alberta and have been approved by the Councils of all four Colleges.
The IPC Guidelines went into effect June 1, 2022. The involved Colleges expect their Registrants to understand and adhere to the guidelines.
Includes information about:
- IPC principles and core values
- Ethical and legal considerations for IPC programs
- Chain of infection and modes of transmission
- Routine practices (point-of-care risk assessment, hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene) and additional precautions
- IPC program (accountability and responsibility, IPC manual, education)
- Occupational Health and Safety (environmental controls, administrative controls, PPE)
- Environmental cleaning (surfaces cleaning and disinfection, laundry, waste management)
- Clinical considerations (structure, IPC during clinical care, shipping/receiving, equipment maintenance, sharpening, alternate clinical settings)
- Laboratory considerations
- Special circumstances (e.g., boil water advisory, pandemic management)