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PICNet guidelines are not regulatory; they are intended as a reference for Health Authorities to utilize when developing their related policies.  More...

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 (including ones from other jurisdictions, provided for your reference) they are not intended to supersede direction given by their local Infection Control Practitioner or their health authority’s Infection Prevention and Control program.

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Routine Practices and Additional Precautions In All Health Care Settings Canada PIDAC General Infection Control Practices 2012
Routine Practices and Additional Precautions for Preventing the Transmission of Infection in Healthcare Settings Canada PHAC General Infection Control Practices 2012
Routine Practices and Additional Precautions Assessment and Educational Tools Canada PHAC General Infection Control Practices 2012
Guideline: Wound Bed Preparation for Healable and Non-Healable Wounds in Adults and Children British Columbia BC Provincial Nursing Skin and Wound Committee General Infection Control Practices 2015
Procedure: Swab for Culture and Susceptibility in Suspected Wound Infection British Columbia BC Provincial Nursing Skin and Wound Committee General Infection Control Practices 2015
Single Use Respirators and Fit Testing Equivalency British Columbia WorkSafeBC General Infection Control Practices 2009
Essential Resources for Effective Infection Prevention and Control Programs: A Matter of Patient Safety: A Discussion Paper Canada PHAC General Infection Control Practices 2010
Best Practices for Infection Prevention and Control in Perinatology Canada PIDAC General Infection Control Practices 2012
Infection Prevention and Control in the Dental Office Ontario Royal College of Dental Surgeons in Ontario General Infection Control Practices 2010
Infection prevention and control in health care for preparedness and response to outbreaks Worldwide WHO General Infection Control Practices  Multiple dates
Carbapenemase Producing Organisms (CPO) Toolkit British Columbia PICNet AROs/CDI 2015
Antibiotic Resistant Organism (ARO) Guidelines British Columbia PICNet AROs/CDI 2013
Toolkit for Management of CDI in Acute Care Settings British Columbia PICNet AROs/CDI 2013
Clostridium difficile Infection Infection Prevention And Control Guidance For Management In Acute Care Settings Canada PHAC AROs/CDI 2012
Clostridium difficile Infection Infection Prevention And Control Guidance For Management In Long-Term Care Facilities Canada PHAC AROs/CDI 2012
Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning for Prevention and Control of Infections In All Health Care Settings – 2nd edition Canada PIDAC Environmental Cleaning 2012
Housekeeping Manual British Columbia FNHA Environmental Cleaning 2016
Environmental Cleaning Toolkit Ontario Public Health Ontario Environmental Cleaning 2010
Gastrointestinal Infection Outbreak Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities British Columbia PICNet Gastrointestinal Infections 2016
Provincial Best Practices for Hand Hygiene Guidelines – Appendix 1 – 2012 British Columbia BC Ministry of Health Hand Hygiene 2012
Provincial Best Practices for Hand Hygiene Guidelines – Appendix 5 – 2013 British Columbia BC Ministry of Health Hand Hygiene 2013
Hand Hygiene Practices in Healthcare Settings Canada PHAC Hand Hygiene 2012
Hand Hygiene Guidelines Worldwide WHO Hand Hygiene 2011
Home and Community Care Guidelines (2014 Revision) British Columbia PICNet Home and Community Care 2014
Management of Health Care Providers Pre and Post Exposure to Measles, Mumps or Rubella (MMR) British Columbia PICNet Immunization 2011
Interim Guidelines for Baseline Assessment and Management of Health Care Workers (HCW) who are Cases or Contacts of Measles (Rubeola) British Columbia PICNet Immunization 2010
Respiratory Infection Outbreak Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities British Columbia PICNet Respiratory Illness 2011
Guidance for Acute Care Settings Regarding Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infections Canada PIDAC Respiratory Illness 2013
Interim Guidance for Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) in Acute Care Settings Canada PHAC Respiratory Illness 2013
Infection Prevention and Control Measures for Healthcare Workers in Acute Care and Long-term Care Settings: Seasonal Influenza Canada PHAC Respiratory Illness 2010
Seasonal Influenza – Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Management in Home Care Settings Canada PHAC Respiratory Illness 2012
PICNet discussion paper: Reprocessing of Equipment and Instruments Used in the Provision of Foot Care BC PICNet Reprocessing 2015
Prevention and Control of Influenza during a Pandemic for All Healthcare Settings Canada PHAC Respiratory Illness 2011
Influenza Immunization Policy for BC Facilities British Columbia BC Ministry of Health Immunization 2013
British Columbia Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning for Prevention and Control of Infections in All Healthcare Settings and Programs British Columbia PICNet Environmental Cleaning 2016
Infection Control Guideline for the Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Pneumonia Canada PHAC Respiratory Illness 2010
Best Practice Guidelines for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Critical and Semi-critical Medical Devices in BC Health Authorities British Columbia BC Ministry of Health Reprocessing Medical Devices 2011
Cleaning of Breast Pump Kits for Multiple Use by the Same Mother in Healthcare Settings British Columbia Perinatal Services BC Reprocessing Medical Devices 2013
Residential Care Infection Prevention and Control Manual for Non- Affiliated Sites British Columbia PICNet Residential Care 2011
Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines – Critical Appraisal Tool Kit Canada PHAC General Infection Control Practices 2015
Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Measles Outbreaks in Canada Canada PHAC General Infection Control Practices 2012
Communicable Disease Control Manual British Columbia BCCDC General Infection Control Practices 2011
Infection Prevention and Control Guideline for Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Flexible Bronchoscopy Canada PHAC General Infection Control Practices 2010
World Health Organization – Infection Control Guidelines by Topic Worldwide WHO General Infection Control Practices  Multiple dates
Guidelines for Personal Service Establishments British Columbia Ministry of Health General Infection Control Practices 2014
Guidance Document: Regulation of Fecal Microbiota Therapy for the Treatment of C. difficile Infections Canada Health Canada AROs/CDI 2015
Guide to the Elimination of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) USA APIC General Infection Control Practices 2008
CAUTI Guidelines  USA US CDC General Infection Control Practices 2015
Best Practices for Surveillance of Health Care-associated Infections in Patient and Resident Populations, 3rd edition Ontario PIDAC General Infection Control Practices 2014