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World Antibiotic Awareness Week 12 – 18 November 2018

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week occurs annually in November. It aims to draw attention to the role of effective use of antibiotics in preventing and containing antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Antibiotic Awareness Week is a key initiative to promote the correct use of antibiotics to contribute to the avoidance of further emergence and spread of AMR. AMR

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ANZCA & ACSQHC Joint Statement Topical Application of Chlorhexidine and Risk of Accidental Injection Update

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The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and the Australia Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) have updated the Joint Safety Statement on the Topical application of chlorhexidine and the risks of accidental injection. Please refer to https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/publications/anzca-and-commission-joint-statement-on-chlorhexidine/ for the updated statement.

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International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) 14 – 20 October 2018

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International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is right around the corner. The 2018 theme: Protecting Patients Everywhere.  By joining your colleagues and healthcare facilities in celebrating IIPW, you are raising awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient/client/resident/consumer safety. Keep an eye out for resources to support your activities at http://professionals.site.apic.org/

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Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey 2018

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acNAPS is a voluntary annual survey that can be undertaken on any single day between 1 June 2018 and 31 August 2018. All Australian aged care homes and multi-purpose services are eligible to participate. Participation in the survey assists aged care homes to identify improvements for residents through promoting appropriate antimicrobial use, preventing infections and

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Clostridium difficile Infection in Australia – Reports available

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Two technical reports developed by the Commission, with the advice and support of the CDI Community of Practice, have now been published on the Commission’s web site. These reports can be found at https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/healthcare-associated-infection/consultation-on-clostridium-difficile/ The recommendations detailed in these reports have been supported by the Inter Jurisdictional Committee and the Commission has already commenced work on

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Topical Application of Chlorhexidine and Risks of Accidental Injection

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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) have developed a joint safety statement in response to reported incidents of accidental injection of chlorhexidine, a surface disinfectant. The Commission’s Inter-Jurisdictional Committee considered the safety statement, and supported the recommendation to publish the statement on the

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NSQHS Standards Advisory No: A17/02: Batch Control Identification systems for dental practices and services

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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released Advisory No. A17/02 Batch Control Identification systems for dental practices and services that details the requirements for dental practices and services to meet Action 3.17.1. To reduce and manage infection risks associated with sterilisation of reusable medical devices and instruments, dental practices rely

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NSQHS Standards Second Edition Now Available

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The second edition of the NSQHS Standards is now available on the Commission’s website http://safetyandquality.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/j/AD056C5D3805B03C2540EF23F30FEDED/5B674261346ABD9973767151F2435ACA  

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