RQHR Community IPAC Consult Service

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RQHR Community IPAC Consult Service

01-Dec-2015

The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is dedicated to ensuring the safety of patients receiving healthcare services, regardless of where those services are delivered. Many of our physician partners in the region perform procedures and minor surgical interventions in their clinics, and many reprocess re-usable medical instruments in their community offices. It is imperative that this reprocessing is done in compliance with recommended guidelines and standards.

RQHR is committed to assisting our physicians assess their current practices and help them correct any deficiencies to become compliant with the most up to date Canadian Standards Association (CSA) requirements. To this end, the RQHR Regional Infection Prevention and Control (RIPAC) department, with the support of our Sterile Processing Department (SPD), will be undertaking the creation of a new service to provide expert consultation to community clinics focusing on all aspects of infection prevention and control, as well as medical device reprocessing.

We will begin trialing this service with a small number of physician practices early in 2016, after which it will be modified according to the feedback we receive before being fully implemented. Upon invitation from a community medical office, a regional infection control practitioner (ICP) will perform an on-site assessment of current practices followed by a written report detailing recommendations for improvement. If grievous deficiencies are identified that cannot be quickly remedied, we will continue to work with the clinic to find solutions that could include selecting suitable disposable instruments or arranging with the central SPD to temporarily take on the clinic’s reprocessing activities on a cost-recovery basis.

We look forward to working with our physician partners to improve the delivery of safe healthcare to all our patients. Please look for further details to be announced soon.