Grey Bruce IPAC Hub

 

About Us

The Grey Bruce IPAC Hub team consists of two infection control professionals:

Adel Coulter: Adel Coulter, RPN, CIC, has 15 years experience as a Registered Practical Nurse and has spent the past 7 years working in infection prevention and control. Adel holds her certification in infection prevention and control (CIC). Her work has focused on reportable infectious diseases, outbreak management, IPAC activities, assessment, investigation, and consultation in a variety of healthcare and non-healthcare settings.

Paige Tocher: Paige is an Infection Control Professional at the Grey Bruce Health Unit. She has her certification in public health inspection (CPHI(C)) and an MPH in Epidemiology. She has completed an IPAC Canada endorsed infection control course and is currently working towards her certification in infection control.


  1. Best Practices for Infection Prevention and Control Programs in Ontario In All Health Care Settings, 3rd edition: bp-ipac-hc-settings.pdf (publichealthontario.ca)
  2. Best Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Medical Equipment/Devices In All Health Care Settings, 3rd edition: bp-cleaning-disinfection-sterilization-hcs.pdf (publichealthontario.ca)
  3. Hand Hygiene: Hand Hygiene | Public Health Ontario
  4. Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning for Prevention and Control of Infections in All Health Care Settings, 3rd Edition: PIDAC: Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning for Prevention and Control of Infections | January 2018 (publichealthontario.ca)
  5. Construction, Renovation, Maintenance and Design (CRMD): Construction, Renovation, Maintenance and Design (CRMD) | Public Health Ontario
  6. Routine Practices and Additional Precautions: Routine Practices and Additional Precautions | Public Health Ontario
  7. Personal Protecting Equipment (PPE) Auditing Tools: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Auditing | Public Health Ontario
  8. Cohorting in Outbreaks in Congregate Living Settings: Cohorting in Outbreaks in Congregate Living Settings (publichealthontario.ca)
  9. Interim IPAC Recommendations for Use of PPE for Care of Individuals with Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19: Interim IPAC Recommendations for Use of Personal Protective Equipment for Care of Individuals with Suspect or Confirmed COVID‑19 (publichealthontario.ca)
  10. PHO COVID-19 IPAC Assessment Checklist for Long Term Care and Retirement Homes: COVID-19: Infection Prevention and Control Checklist for Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes (publichealthontario.ca)
  11. PHO COVID-19 Checklist for Congregate Settings: COVID-19 Preparedness and Prevention for Congregate Living Settings (publichealthontario.ca)
  12. Signage: N95 Respirator Required in Addition to PPE for Contact-Droplet Precautions
  1. PHO Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) – Online Training: Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) – Online Learning | Public Health Ontario
    1. This course is designed to enhance IPAC knowledge for all health-care workers. It consists of 10 modules, each taking approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
  2. PHO COVID-19 IPAC Fundamentals Training: COVID-19 IPAC Fundamentals Training | Public Health Ontario
    1. This course is designed to enhance IPAC knowledge in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Action IPAC Series: “The Action IPAC Series is designed to provide quick, easy and actionable IPAC advice through short weekly exercise prompts via email messages. These exercise prompts will address key areas of IPAC practice, information about why the practice is important, and practical ideas about how to strengthen practice. The program aims to strengthen core areas of IPAC practice and support ongoing learning and continuous improvement of IPAC programs within organizations.
    The program does not replace the role of external audits, advice, or orders from technical IPAC experts (through IPAC Hubs, Public Health Units, inspectors or other bodies). Instead it helps organizations to build their internal programs and practice, keep a continuous focus on IPAC and build skills across staff teams.
    The Action IPAC Series is open to any health care organization or congregate living setting. Depending on the size of the organization and the maturity of their existing IPAC program, the application of the program may be different.”
    To get more information or sign up for the Action IPAC series please email ActionIPAC.MOH@ontario.ca.
  4. PHO Environmental Cleaning Toolkit: Environmental Cleaning Toolkit | Public Health Ontario
    1. This toolkit has been designed to support environmental services managers and infection control professionals in providing training to staff regarding effective procedures for environmental cleaning.

Communities of Practice

Upcoming

  • Infection Prevention and Control Hubs Congregate Living Organizations Webinar: The Importance of Ventilation and Filtration as an IPAC Measure – March 22, 1-2pm

Past

  • IPAC West LTC and RH COP – October 6, 11am-12pm
  • IPAC Hub Congregate Living Organizations Community of Practice – October 14, 1-2pm
  • IPAC Hub Congregate Living Organizations Screening Education Event – December 2, 1-2pm
  • Infection Prevention and Control Hubs Congregate Living Organizations Webinar: N95 Respirators – February 22, 1-2pm

PHO IPAC Webinars

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Why were the IPAC Hubs established?

  • IPAC Hubs were established in response to the Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19 initiative.

What is the role of the IPAC Hub?

  • The role of the IPAC Hub is to provide ongoing support, guidance and IPAC expertise to congregate living settings.

What services does the IPAC Hub provide?

  • The IPAC Hub provides the following services:
    • Provide education and training
    • Support or develop community/ies of practice to support information sharing, learning and networking among IPAC leaders within congregate living settings
    • Support the development of IPAC programs, policy and procedures
    • Support assessments and audits of IPAC programs and practice
    • Provide recommendations to strengthen IPAC programs and practices
    • Provide mentoring of IPAC service delivery within homes
    • Development of outbreak management plans
    • Support implementation of IPAC recommendations

Who can access these services?

  • Any congregate living setting located within Grey Bruce can access services from the Grey Bruce IPAC Hub. Congregate living settings include:
    • Long-term care homes
    • Retirement homes
    • Housing systems funded by the Ministry of Health
    • Residential settings for adults and children funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

How can I contact the Grey Bruce IPAC Hub to request assistance?

  • Our contact information section below summarizes the various ways to get in touch with the GBHU IPAC Hub team members.

Request for Service

  • Coming soon! Please continue to email us for service requests at this time.
  • Please complete and submit this form to request an IPAC service from the Grey Bruce IPAC Hub. All submissions are received by IPAC Hub members, who will be in touch shortly.

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