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Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC)

Last updated: July 4, 2017

What Does Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Mean?

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) is a type of procedure that is carried out with the intent of preventing the transmission of communicable diseases by assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating infection-control policies.

Safeopedia Explains Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC)

The risk of acquiring an infection is directly proportional to the mode of transmission of the infectious agent. Common health practices to limit the spread of diseases include good personal hygiene (such as hand washing and covering the mouth when coughing), regular immunizations, environmental cleaning, and appropriate precautions in hazardous settings. It is generally recommended that all workers receive regular immunizations against preventable diseases such as Hepatitis B. Employees at risk for exposure to tuberculosis are advised to be routinely screened, per recommendations.

Infectious diseases physicians frequently collaborate with other healthcare personnel to develop and implement proven practices for the prevention and control of infections and work-related diseases.


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