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Infection Control in Endoscopy Consensus Statements

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. Continue reading Infection Control in Endoscopy Consensus Statements

Infection Control in Endoscopy – Position Statement

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. Continue reading Infection Control in Endoscopy – Position Statement

High Relative Humidity in Sterile Storage Areas

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 is based on the recommended range in the American Standard; ANSI/AAMI ST79 “Comprehensive Guide to Steam Sterilization and Sterility Assurance in Healthcare Facilities”. Continue reading High Relative Humidity in Sterile Storage Areas

Message for all Victorian AMS contacts

To all Victorian AMS contacts.

A reminder to all that the data entry for the Hospital and Surgical National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS) will be closing on the 30th November this year – please ensure that you complete your data entry by this time.

The NAPS has been in use since 2011 and has helped many Australian health care facilities to assess their antimicrobial prescribing practice. It continues to provide valuable information on the utilisation of antimicrobials within Australia and is endorsed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

If your health service is not already doing so, we strongly urge you to consider participating in the NAPS.

Please contact Dr Rod James (Rodney.James@mh.org.au) if you have any queries.

Recall: Gentamicin Injection BP 80 mg in 2 mL Steriluer

Consumers and health professionals are advised that Pfizer Australia, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling 10 batches of Gentamicin Injection BP 80 mg in 2 mL Steriluer ampoules in packs of 10 and 50.

Gentamicin Injection belongs to a group of medicines known as aminoglycoside antibiotics, which work by preventing bacteria from growing and by killing them. Gentamicin Injection is most commonly used to treat serious and potentially life-threatening infections in many different parts of the body, such as chest infections, urinary tract infections and infected wounds or burns. It can be used in adults and children. Continue reading Recall: Gentamicin Injection BP 80 mg in 2 mL Steriluer

World Antibiotic Awareness Week 13-19 November 2017

This year’s theme:

Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.

Antibiotics are a precious resource, so it is important to get the right advice before taking them. This not only ensures you and your family get the best treatment, responsible use of antibiotics will also help reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance.

How can I get involved?

WHO, alongside The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), is developing a range of materials which will be available to the public in October. In the meantime, you can continue to spread the word and start planning now by: Continue reading World Antibiotic Awareness Week 13-19 November 2017