Health care organisations have a legal responsibility to provide a safe environment for staff, patients and visitors. Infection Prevention Australia can assist with the implementation and coordination of an infection prevention and control program in your organisation that complies with the respective State/Territory and/or national accreditation requirements.
NOTE: Revised policies for infection control are now available for download in the members section.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be one of the three most serious problems facing human health. Infections with antimicrobial resistant organisms are complicated and expensive to treat and may lead to significant morbidity and mortality. While antimicrobial resistance in Australia has not been quantified, in the United States, … Continue reading The Role of the ICP in Antimicrobial Stewardshipmore
Surgical site infections (SSIs) occur in 2-13% of patients undergoing surgery in Australia. SSIs can lead to increased morbidity and mortality as well as increased hospital stay and costs. There are a number of widely accepted and evidence-based recommendations for reducing SSIs, including use of antibiotic prophylaxis, normothermia, hyperoxygenation, glucose control and avoidance of shaving. … Continue reading Preoperative Skin Antisepsismore
Healthcare facilities (HCF) may be visited by assistance, therapeutic and companion animals and these animals may pose a risk of pathogen transmission via direct and indirect contact with patients and staff. However, there is limited evidence to quantify the risk that animals in HCF pose to patients and staff. Due to the uncertainties around the … Continue reading Animal Visits in Healthcare Facilitiesmore
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) impact on the safety and quality of healthcare in all settings. Due to the lack of a comprehensive national HAI surveillance system, there are no recent or exact figures on HAIs in Australia, however older estimates range from 175,000-200,000 events annually. Increased hand hygiene compliance has been demonstrated to reduce HAI-related morbidity … Continue reading Mandatory Hand Hygiene Trainingmore