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The Routine Practice for Infection Prevention and Control course consists of 7 short modules on routine practices. Module 1 will introduce you to the importance of routine practices for infection prevention and control. Modules 2-7 will cover various components of routine practices including: point-of-care risk assessment, hand hygiene, using personal protective equipment, respiratory etiquette, the cleaning, sterilization and disinfection of equipment, and the safe handling and disposal of sharps and biological waste.

We recommend that you view all presentations in sequence, but if you prefer, you can also view each as a stand-alone presentation.


Physiotherapists have a professional responsibility for ensuring they incorporate current and appropriate infection prevention and control measures in their practice. This module discusses the need for infection prevention and control and how it affects the community. The “Chain of Transmission” is also discussed to review how infections take hold and spread.

A point-of-care risk assessment determines the risk for transmission of infection by taking into consideration the type of interaction with the patient and they task to be preformed. This module reviews how to conduct the assessment and what steps to take.

Fewer than 50% of health-care workers comply with proper hand hygiene practices, even though it is the simplest and most effective way to break the chain of transmission. This module helps determine when hand washing or hand rubbing needs to be done as well as proper technique.

This module discusses what personal protective equipment (PPE) needs to be used in any given situation. It also discusses combining PPE and correct donning and doffing practices.

Respiratory etiquette is the practice of minimizing the transmission of respiratory infections in your practice setting. This module discusses multiple ways to reduce the spread of infection to patients and co-workers.

This module’s intent is to help physiotherapist understand Alberta Health’s standards for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing of reusable devices. Reprocessing processes are covered for various devices.

The module discusses why proper handling and disposal of sharps and biological waste is important as well as best practices when it comes to blood spills.

Whether you completed one, some or all of the modules we want to hear from you. Knowing your experience with the modules will help inform us about future plans for enhancements.