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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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Food Safety Week 13 – 19 November 2017

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The Department of Health will be hosting a seminar during Australian Food Safety Week 2017 (13-19 November) on Reducing Foodborne Illness across the Food Chain. The seminar will outline the roles and responsibilities of the different agencies involved in the management of foodborne illness across the food chain. Representatives from a range of organisations including

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