For years, people with an egg allergy have been told to avoid or take special precautions when getting a flu shot because most influenza vaccines are grown in eggs and contain a tiny amount of egg protein. Continue reading No special precautions needed for flu shots for people allergic to eggs
Worldwide, the flu results in three million to five million cases of severe illness and 291,000 to 646,000 deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization. But what exactly is a “flu-related death”? How does the flu kill? Continue reading How Does the Flu Actually Kill People?
Australia has recorded 221,853 flu infections so far in 2017, more than any other year. As the flu season comes to an end, we’re beginning to understand why it was so bad. And it wasn’t because of increased, or more sensitive, testing. Continue reading Why the 2017 Flu Season Was So Bad
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
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
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 of the article should be raising a few questions for us in this country. Continue reading Lessons to be had from this year’s flu season
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
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.
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
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