IPAC British Columbia (IPAC BC)
Welcome to IPAC BC: A chapter of IPAC Canada since 1987!
Our Chapter has 195 members and covers all of British Columbia including Vancouver island. Of the IPAC BC members there is Infection Prevention and Control representation from all 6 health authorities including Providence Health Care, Industry Representation, the Good Samaritan Society, and Yale town House Society. There is representation from Acute Care, Residential Care and Mental Health and Substance Use programs. There is representation from Epidemiology, Medical Microbiologists and Health Canada - First Nations & Inuit Health. Our chapter was known as BCPIC until 2005 when we changed to CHICA BC, then to IPAC BC in 2014.
The goal of the chapter is to enhance the quality of health care by providing a forum for education and the exchange of information on communicable diseases, the control and prevention of infection in the patient/client/resident, the health care worker and the public at large.
To learn more about our chapter and its members, click here to see our 2016 3M Chapter Achievement Award submission.
- Provide formal educational opportunities for chapter members, enabling an increase of knowledge and expertise in Infection Prevention and Control.
- Provide assistance and support to chapter members through the free exchange in ideas, information and expertise.
- Promote and facilitate a positive working relationship between chapter members and all allied health care professionals, including their representative professional organizations, in order that IPAC BC members may be seen as the primary resource persons in the field of Infection Control.
- Participate in the growth and strengthening of IPAC Canada by providing liaison persons and chapter input for committee deliberations and tasks
My name is Karmjit Kaur Sandhu and I am the IPAC BC President for 2022.
I am a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from University of the Fraser Valley along with a Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Victoria, Diploma in Nursing/Midwifery and Bachelor of Arts (India). My passion for infection prevention and control led me to complete the Queen’s University Infection Prevention & Control Course. I joined the Infection Prevention and Control team at Abbotsford Regional Hospital (ARH) in 2016.
I strive to improve quality of care utilizing evidence based practices and by collaborating with colleagues and clinical staff. During my 33 years of experience in health care and leadership roles, I have worked as a Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Educator, Patient Care Coordinator, Nursing Research Facilitator, Clinical Advisor Medication Distribution and Administration, and an Opening Learning Faculty Member (Thompson Rivers University). I have conducted and lead research, developed and implemented programs, mentored staff & students, and facilitated various workshops.
During this challenging time in health care, as the IPAC BC president I hope to work with IPAC BC and Canada members to enhance the chapter’s innovation and inclusiveness, and provide a forum for all to network and share ideas from the full continuum of healthcare.
Just like you all, I look forward to Pre-Pandemic times and assume normal patterns of life! I am confident that this time will be over soon.
Karmjit Kaur Sandhu
IPAC BC President 2022