General Infection Prevention & Control

CPSA is responsible for overseeing Infection Prevention & Control (IPAC) in Alberta's medical clinics. We develop standards, guidelines and resources to help protect both patients and clinic staff from infection.

IPAC standards for clinics

Our standards help clinic staff understand their basic obligations around things like:

  • hand hygiene
  • personal protective equipment
  • managing medical sharps
  • cleaning and disinfection
  • and more

Our standards are aligned with Canadian and Albertan legislation and policy. We frequently review them to make sure we meet other IPAC best practices.

Medical Device Reprocessing standards for clinics

Does your clinic sterilize reusable medical devices onsite? Review our Medical Device Reprocessing standards.

Guidelines for clinics

These useful guidelines can help your clinic meet best practices on some elements not covered in the CPSA IPAC standards. We recommend reviewing and sharing them with your clinic team regularly to stay up-to-date.

Hand hygiene

Hand hygiene is the most effective way of preventing the spread of infection to patients, staff or clinic visitors. Your clinic hand hygiene program should include training and education on policies, procedures and practices, and should be reviewed regularly.

Renovating or building a new clinic

When you renovate your clinic or build a new one, you should meet local, Albertan and Canadian regulations. We’ve created some suggestions for leasing, renovating or building new clinics.

Medication & vaccine injection safety

Proper technique and basic IPAC practices around handling vaccines, medications and injections can prevent the transmission of blood-borne viruses and pathogens in routine clinical procedures.

Autologous PRP in clinics

There are a number of IPAC risks with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Physicians who offer PRP in their community medical clinic should take extra care to make sure their technique and products are sterile. CPSA has a number of recommendations to help ensure this therapy is provided safely.

Point-of-care testing guidelines

These guidelines are for non-laboratory healthcare providers who operate outside the auspices of Alberta Health Services and who use or rely on point-of-care laboratory testing (POCT) for their patients. This includes the use of POCT in clinical practice or office settings, occupational medicine clinics, pharmacies and private long-term care facilities.

Tools and resources for your clinic

Build your clinic policies and procedures

Under our IPAC standards, every community clinic needs to have written IPAC policies and procedures that they regularly update. You can start developing your own by using our helpful template. We recommend customizing your own policies and procedures so they reflect your unique clinic practices.

Learn about IPAC core competencies

All staff members in your medical clinic need to have basic IPAC skills and knowledge. This free online course from Public Health Ontario helps learners improve their IPAC knowledge, with the goal of protecting staff and patients from infections.

Review Alberta Health Services’ IPAC resources

Resource manuals and best practice recommendations from AHS to help with outbreak identification and management, IPAC education, guideline, policy and procedure development and more.

Access blood and body fluid exposure (BBFE) resources

Find out what to do if you have been exposed to blood or body fluids, learn how to protect yourself and your workplace, and download BBFE resources.

Subscribe to the IPAC mailing list

Subscribe to this CPSA mailing list to get the latest IPAC and MDR news, including updates to standards, guidelines, policies and new resources.

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Information for Albertans

All of Alberta’s community clinics are required to meet strict infection prevention and control standards. CPSA routinely assesses clinics for medical device reprocessing. If you see a CPSA certificate in your community medical clinic, it means they’ve been assessed under our MDR standards.

If you have a question or concern about how your clinic meets our MDR or IPAC standards, reach out to us using the contact form below.

Questions or feedback? We'd love to hear from you.

Phone: 780-969-5004
Toll-free: 1-800-561-3899 ext. 5004 (in Canada)
Fax: 780-424-5859