PICNet and other BC Guidelines
All PICNet guidelines are intended as a reference for Health Authorities to utilize when developing their related policies. The guidelines are not regulatory. We recommend these guidelines be used to harmonize infection prevention and control practices throughout BC. It is common for patients/clients/residents to utilize more that one facility and cross health authority boundaries, and staff often work in more than one facility. A consistent approach will reduce confusion and promote a better understanding by everyone of the required practices.
Responsible clinician judgment remains paramount. Utilizing these evidence based guidelines, infection control programs need to develop policies and protocols that are tailored to their specific facility needs, and the patients they serve.
While point-of-care staff are welcome to read and refer to any of the guidelines, they are not intended to supersede direction given by their local Infection Control Practitioner or their Regional Infection Prevention and Control program.