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Infection Prevention & Control

The Infection Prevention & Control (IPAC) team ensures a safe environment for patients throughout PHSA and its programs, departments and services. Our mission is to ensure the protection of patients, staff and visitors from preventable infections.

Current initiatives

National Infection Control Week 2023

PHSA celebrates National Infection Control Week from October 16, 2023 to October 20, 2023. Please reflect with us on the importance of infection prevention and control practices and what it takes to promote a culture of patient safety in PHSA health care settings and in the community.

This year's campaign is rooted in role modelling of hand hygiene practices and in accelerating action together.

Thank you to all Hand Hygiene Champions and role models across PHSA for taking action in creating a safe patient environment and preventing infections and antimicrobial resistance in health care.

Other initiatives

Vision and mission

Our vision: Empowering everyone to prevent infections!

Our mission: To ensure the protection of patients, staff and visitors from preventable infections.

Our activities

The IPAC team works collaboratively with other groups within PHSA, other health authorities, the Provincial Infection Control Network of BC (PICNet), and regional and national health services in supporting best practices to prevent and control infections at PHSA facilities. Activities include:

  • Hand Hygiene Program
  • Knowledge translation (education and research)
  • Surveillance
  • Outbreak management
  • Construction consultation
  • Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization consultation
  • Quality improvement initiatives
  • Policy and procedure development

Facility hand hygiene rates

Education for patients, visitors, and families

Resources for health care staff

For more information please visit the PHSA IPAC Hand Hygiene POD page or contact your local IPAC team.

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