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Infection Control

Infection control is both a public health and an occupational health and safety issue. As an employee, or employer, an RD is obligated to adhere to, or develop, infection control practices that are current and which meet professional requirements. Infection control practices include the application of evidence-based measures and the use of professional judgement. 
 
The guiding principles of routine infection control are common to all health care professionals and across most practice settings. As a result, the College has collaborated with other health regulatory colleges to develop infection control resources that incorporate municipal, provincial and national guidance related to infection prevention and control.  
 
As more health care is being provided in the community, including private homes, schools, pharmacies, public health clinics and senior’s residences, RDs need to be vigilant in protecting against the spread of infection including:
  • Knowing what infection control guidelines are in place in a practice setting;
  • Assessing the risks and know how to utilize the infection control guidelines;
  • Adhering to current infection control programs;
  • Educating and modelling infection control practices for others;
  • Being aware of what infection control resources are available and where to locate additional resources as needed;
  • Advocating for best practices in infection control and continuous quality improvement in infection control practices; and
  • Monitoring changes to infection control practices (e.g., municipal and provincial health alerts) and update practice accordingly.
The College’s three main areas of infection control resources pertain to:
  • Infection Control – Routine Practices and Additional Precautions
  • Pandemic Planning
  • Medical Waste Disposal – When Performing Controlled Acts