Infection Prevention & Control

General Information

  • Hand Hygiene

  • PPE if there is a risk of contamination of skin or clothing by exposure to microorganisms, body fluids or contaminated equipment

  • Cleaning of patient care equipment between patients and prior to removal from the patient care environment.

  • Gown

  • Gloves

  • Mask

  • Eye protection or face shield

  • N95 fit tested mask

Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) Cohorting Guidelines

IPAC does not routinely recommend cohorting patients on additional precautions. Whenever possible, patients on additional precautions should be managed in single-patient rooms.

When single-patient rooms are not available, during times of peak activity or during outbreak conditions, it may be necessary to cohort patients with the same virus infection (matched cohort).

Cohorting must never compromise routine infection control practices.

Additional precautions must be applied individually for each patient within the cohort.

When all other options have been exhausted, patients with ARI due to unknown or different respiratory viruses may be cohorted in a mixed cohort in multi-bed rooms without IPAC consult when the following patient criteria are met:
i) Flu A and Flu B negative
ii) No other infectious symptoms (e.g. diarrhea, rash)

  1. Patients whose conditions preferentially require care on 4North should not be placed in mixed cohort.
  2. Respiratory technology dependent patients with a 'TECH' alert on the electronic health record may ONLY be placed in matched cohorts (with another patient with the same viruses on a triplex and RV16 virus detection panel).

For complete cohorting guideline please refer to the Inpatient Additional Precautions (Isolation) Requirements policy available on CHEOnet

Clinical Syndrome-Based Precautions

This section covers precautions for the most common clinical syndromes

Contact IPAC if other questions

Pathogen or Disease-Specific Precautions

This section covers precautions for the most common pathogens and diseases

Contact IPAC if other questions