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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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Update on the NSQHS Standards Advisories – New Advisory A17/01: Antimicrobial stewardship

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The new Advisory A17/01: Antimicrobial stewardship has been recently published on the Commission’s website which directly affects health service organisations. In addition the below Advisories have also been recently updated and uploaded to the Commission’s website Advisory A13/07: Advice provided to accrediting agencies on not applicable actions Advisory A16/03: Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week 13 – 19 November 2017

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Resources and activities specifically highlighting the role of Infection Prevention and Control in preventing antibiotic resistance in health care that the WHO have developed/will launch for World Antibiotic Awareness Week  (http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/)

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AS/NZS 4187 Draft Amendment 2017 – Water Quality

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The water quality requirements in AS/NZS 4187:2014 have undergone a review in light of feedback from the industry. A draft amendment has been published and is now open for public review.  You can access it here https://infostore.saiglobal.com/en-au/Standards/DR-AS-NZS-4187-2014-Amd-2-2017-1941563/ Comment closes on December 19th.  Please follow the instructions on the document to submit your comments. In addition there is a proposal being

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