IPAC stands for Infection Prevention and Control. In accordance with Health Canada standards and provincial regulations, all dental staff must be trained on policies and procedures for Infection Control along with having an Infection Control Manual onsite.
The goal of IPAC is to reduce the risk of transmitting or acquiring a disease/infection. Infection prevention and control can prevent or reduce the risk of transmission of microorganisms to health care providers, patients, and other visitors.
An effective IPAC program reduces this risk and the incidents of healthcare-associated infections (HAI).
It is required that every office adheres to regulatory standards of IPAC in their Dental Health Care setting.
Dental offices should be prepared for a possible Public Health in-office inspection as no office is immune to an inspection. During an inspection, all aspects of the IPAC requirements in an office, from hand washing to sterilized instrument storage are reviewed. Documentation is a major area where most offices are deficient as inspectors ask for evidence of compliant IPAC processes. Are You Ready for A Public Health Inspection? Read More Here
Bringing attention to the IPAC process, including its benefits and requirements is very important, and that is where SQ Dental Services stands out. They are doing a remarkable job in ensuring the compliance and safety within dental offices by providing IPAC Consulting Services, geared towards the dental industry.
One of the ways in which SQ Dental provides these services is with the help of their Professional Consultant and Trainer, Susan McGuire.
Susan McGuire is a Certified WHMIS Trainer, Medical Reprocessing, CDA Level II, OSAP Member and an experienced Dental Consultant and Trainer. She is an expert at coaching and training staff to keep them up to date on specific and important areas of Regulatory Compliance.
Susan has worked for 20+ years in the Dental field as a Dental Healthcare Professional, Dental Manufacturing Rep, and Consultant.
After experiencing the recent COVID 19 pandemic, it is safe to say that the aftermath of such large-scale outbreaks is nothing less than horrifying, unpredictable and daunting. However, it is also very clear that, together, we have the strength to fight against it.
If each individual responsibly does their part in keeping the community safe, we can push back with a greater force.
IPAC has set a standard for ensuring safety and prevention of healthcare-associated infections and together, with the help of services such as SQ Dental, we can all make our community a safer place.