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.
Since the 2010 publication of GESA’s Infection Control in Endoscopy Guidelines, there have been several overseas outbreaks of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) linked to the use of flexible endoscopes. In response to these outbreaks, the Board of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) appointed a multi-organisation expert committee to develop consensus statements addressing this issue.more
Endoscopic procedures have been linked to serious infections, in particular Carbapenamase-producing Enterocacteriaceae (CPE). Industry guidelines are currently being reviewed to address these potentially catastrophic infections. A specialist Infection Control working party was established by GESA and developed Draft Guidelines addressing CPE which were circulated widely but not adopted by the GESA Board.more
You would have to be living under a rock to have missed the scale of this year’s influenza activity. So much so that the AMA was mentioned and quoted in a recent edition of the New York Times. The reporting was accurate and well written and, while that is great for our organisation, the topic … Continue reading Lessons to be had from this year’s flu seasonmore
Current guidelines provide ranges for acceptable humidity levels in healthcare sterile storage areas of 30 – 60% relative humidity. The CSA Sterilization Standards. Committee has recommended that the range for acceptable relative humidity for sterile storage should be 30-70% (unless contraindicated by device manufacturer). This range is to replace the current 30 – 60%, and … Continue reading High Relative Humidity in Sterile Storage Areasmore