Guiding Principles for Manitoba Physicians
Infection Prevention and Control in the Physician’s Office
The College recently distributed a survey to members regarding the reprocessing of medical devices in the physician’s office. The College would like to thank those members who completed and submitted their replies. Based on the results, the Standards Committee is recommending the use of The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) guideline Infection Control in the Physician’s Office as a resource for our physicians.
The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Manitoba gratefully acknowledges the permission of the CPSO to circulate the guideline to physicians licensed and practising in Manitoba.
Medical institutions have Infection Control Committees, and a proper infection control infrastructure is required to meet hospital accreditation standards. In contrast, the intent of these requirements has not consistently been realized in office practices. The public’s expectation for high standards of medical practice must be considered. The face of infection control is rapidly changing with new infections being described, more outpatient procedures being performed, new products and medical equipment being manufactured, and new standards, directives and guidelines being developed by provincial, national and international organizations.
This 2004 edition of Infection Control in the Physician’s Office is as comprehensive as possible, including new and updated information, as well as issues physicians should consider when setting up a new office. The CPSO has created algorithms to simplify comprehension and implementation of the guidelines, and other visuals that can be posted in the office as required. The goal is to educate the medical community on current infection control practices necessary for an office practice. By doing this, the standard of practice in health care will be elevated and the public protected by minimizing the risk of infection transmission. We hope that this guideline will be a useful tool, a handy reference to provide you with a framework and practical information to prevent the transmission of infection to patients, visitors, health care workers and other employees associated with your clinical practice.
Click here to access Infection Control in the Physician’s Office on the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario website.