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Infection Control

Information and signage to prevent the spread of infection in your health care facility.
Last updated: November 6, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Guidance for health care settings

B.C. provides infection prevention and control guidance for a variety of settings:

Posters for facility entrances

Posters are available on the signage and posters page. 

Handwashing and alcohol-based hand rub

Personal protective equipment

  • Patients under investigation should be managed with contact and droplet precautions 
  • Nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs and throat swabs can be performed using contact and droplet precautions, and HCW must wear gown, gloves, surgical/procedural mask and eye protection (face shield or goggles) and do not require the use of an N95 respirator for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.
  • Airborne precautions including N95 respirators with gown, gloves, surgical/procedural mask and eye protection (face shield or goggles) should be used during aerosol generating medical procedures.

For information about personal protective equipment (PPE), how to put it on and take it off, visit the personal protective equipment page.

Cleaning and disinfecting clinic settings

Cleaning products and disinfectants that are regularly used in hospitals and health care settings are strong enough to deactivate coronaviruses and prevent their spread. Cleaning of visibly soiled surfaces followed by disinfection is recommended for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses. Download the Environmental Cleaning and Disinfectants for Clinic Settings poster (PDF).

Agents effective against coronavirus:

  • Bleach: sodium hypochlorite (5.25%)
    • 500 ppm (10mL bleach to 990mL water) - Used for disinfecting surfaces and medical equipment (e.g. counters, door knobs, stethoscope, BP cuff). Allow surface to air dry naturally
    • 1000 ppm  (20mL bleach to 980mL water) - Used for disinfecting surfaces contaminated with bodily fluids and waste (e.g. vomit, diarrhea, mucus, feces) (after cleaning with soap and water first). Allow surface to air dry naturally.
  • Accelerated hydrogen peroxide (0.5%) - Used for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and medical equipment.
  • Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QUATs) or ‘alkyl dimethyl ammonium chlorides’ on the product label - Used for disinfecting of surfaces (e.g., floors, walls, furnishings).
For further details on infection prevention and control guidelines in specific clinical settings or patient care, consult the relevant pages under clinical care.

If you are seeking consultation or have further questions about novel coronavirus as a health care provider or for a health care facility, contact your local public health unit. 

Information for Environmental Service Providers

For guidance about person protective equipment (PPE) for environmental service staff in health care facilities, as well as information on environmental cleaning, laundry and waste management, see the information sheet for environmental service providers in health care settings.

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