6:00PM - 9:30PM
Infection Control standards in Ontario have changed and every public health care worker in Ontario should understand these guidelines. IPAC (Infection Prevention and Control) core competencies must be understood by all dental health care workers regardless of their position in the dental office. The standards were established such that all staff are trained in infection prevention and control, to provide a safe work environment and to establish patient safety.  
The Ottawa Dental Society has organized an information evening featuring Dr. Chris Swayze from RCDSO, Catherine Richard from OPH (Ontario Public Health), and Donna Perron from OPH (Ottawa Public Health). Each representative will provide ODS members and their staff with an overall message about Infection Prevention and Control guidelines as well as provide information specific to Ottawa-area practices. 
The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Mario D'Addario, President.
Presentation Outline:
Dr. Chris Swayze will review the College’s current Guidelines, changes to IPAC and ways to implement changes in a dental practice. He will also give examples, both positive and negative.
Dr. Chris Swayze, H.B.Sc., DDS, MBA is the Manager, Reports, in the Professional Conduct and Regulatory Affairs department of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. In his role as Manager, he is responsible for overseeing a team of dentists who investigate members with respect to allegations of professional misconduct, including infection prevention and control investigations. Dr. Swayze is also the contact person at the College the Public Health Units (PHU) with respect to potential infection control lapses and investigations in dental offices.
Presentation Outline:
Infection prevention and control (IPAC) is a key component of patient and staff safety. The objectives of this presentation are to introduce the audience to IPAC best practices, including Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR), in the clinical office setting and to identify Public Health Ontario resources that can support the dental sector with effective implementation of these practices.
Catherine Richard, PT, CIC is a Regional IPAC Specialist with Public Health Ontario’s East Regional Support team located in Ottawa. As a healthcare professional, she has worked for many years in acute and community healthcare settings both clinically and in IPAC and Occupational Health and Safety. She has been certified in infection control since 2008 and was the community healthcare member on the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) from 2014-2017.
Presentation Outline:
Public Health Units have been responding to Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) lapses as required by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC) protocols. IPAC investigations are conducted in a variety of settings such as facilities with regulated health professionals (RHPs), personal services settings and schools. The multi- disciplinary team uses the principles of IPAC, which apply to all of these settings. The purpose of this presentation is to provide a brief overview of regulatory obligations and Ottawa Public Health (OPH) role within the investigations.
Blake Chauvin received his B.Sc. from McGill University and B.A.Sc. at Ryerson University in Public Health and Safety. He became a certified Public Health inspector in 2013. He commenced his career at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit where he began working in IPAC in 2014. Blake has held lead positions where he was responsible for IPAC and outbreak management in licensed childcare centres, personal service settings and recreational summer camps. It was here he learned the value of stakeholder engagement and community outreach. He has worked on numerous IPAC investigations, some of which spanning multiple jurisdictions. Through his time as a Public Health Inspector, he has developed expertise in enforcement and issuance of orders under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. Currently, Blake is acting as supervisor for the IPAC inspections and investigations unit at Ottawa Public Health.
Donna Perron, Rn, BScN, CIC has been actively nursing for 30+ years in a number of acute settings in Alberta and Ontario.  In 2003, she joined the Infection Prevention and Control Team at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. While in this position, she was tasked as the lead Project Coordinator of a number of key hospital wide initiatives such as the Pandemic Plan and Hand Hygiene rollout(s), the latter of which has included countless hours of group teaching with the Queensway staff. In addition, she acted as the lead IPAC representative for a large multi-million dollar construction project currently underway at the hospital.  She received her certification from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology 2014.  In 2011, she accepted a position with the Ottawa Public Health and is now a Nursing Project Officer with the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Inspection and Investigation Unit.  Donna completed her certification as a Medical Device Reprocessing 2017.

Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Dental Offices in Ottawa: What You Need to Know

  • June 21, 2018
  • 4899 Uplands Drive
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1V 2N6