Infection prevention and control (IPAC) is important. It protects your client, yourself and your colleagues from preventable infections and promotes wellness through implementing best practices in your daily routine.
The College’s Standard 11: Infection Control gives physical therapists a set of performance requirements to support a healthy and safe working environment for everyone. Your role is to understand, identify and minimize the risks of infectious transmission within your workplace. Remember, you can reach out for support to implement effective IPAC strategies in your workplace; IPAC is everyone’s responsibility.
By understanding IPAC evidence-based best practices and integrating these into your daily workflow you protect your clients, colleagues, family, and yourself from acquiring an infection at work. This not only promotes health, but also builds trust with your clients. It’s important to protect your most vulnerable clients from acquiring an infection at your workplace as this could lead to a severe illness for them.
Vulnerable clients include those who are immunocompromised, have poor nutrition, and/or are very young or elderly. As a physical therapist, providing an environment for your clients that fosters infection prevention helps you adhere to the Code of Ethical Conduct.