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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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AURA 2017: Second Australian Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Human Health

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On 3 August 2017 the Commission released AURA 2017: Second Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health. This report provides a comprehensive of the picture of antimicrobial use, resistance and the appropriateness of prescribing in Australia across all healthcare settings. The report contains a range of important findings on antimicrobial resistance and

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NSQHS Standards (second edition)

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The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (second edition) have been endorsed by Health Ministers and will be launched in November 2017. Assessment to the NSQHS Standards (second edition) will commence from 1 January 2019. Health service organisations will be informed of the transition arrangements for accreditation well in advance of implementation. Fact sheets

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Nursing Home Workers Often Fail to Change Gloves

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A study recently published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control found that the failure to change gloves is common among certified nursing assistants, and may be a significant cause of the spread of dangerous pathogens in residential care facilities. The study found: Inappropriate glove use was frequently observed in this

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International Infection Prevention Week 15-21 October 2017

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Join your healthcare professionals in celebrating International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 15-21, 2017. IIPW, which takes place the third week of October each year, raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. This year’s theme is “Antibiotic Resistance.” Details can be found at http://professionals.site.apic.org/iipw/

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