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Existing Reprocessing Techniques Prove to be Insufficient for Flexible Endoscopes

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Current techniques used to clean endoscopes for reuse are not consistently effective, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The findings of this study support the need for careful visual inspection and

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Non-tuberculosis Mycobacterium Associated with with Heater-Cooler Devices

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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare has updated the National Infection Guidance on Non-tuberculous Mycobacterium Associated with Heater-Cooler Devices.  A key change to the National Guidance is the stratification of risk based on date of device manufacture (i.e. before September 2014). This updated advice is consistent with advice provided by the Therapeutic

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The National Shingles Vaccination Program

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The National Shingles Vaccination Program commenced 1 November. People eligible to receive the free shingles vaccine include: people aged 70 years of age as an ongoing program. people aged 71 – 70 years of age as a catch-up program until 31 October 2021. People who are not eligible to receive the vaccine as part of

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Antibiotic Awareness Week 14 – 20 November 2016

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Antibiotic Awareness Week commenced today.  This year’s  theme is “Handle with care” and the key message to health professionals is “Be part of the solution.”  Antibiotic Awareness Week resources  can be downloaded and printed  from the Commission’s website including: Ideas for activities Guide for planning activities and events Logos Email signature block CEO message template E-banner Poster Pocket

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Mandatory Policy on Insertion and Management of Peripheral Intravenous Cannulae in WA Healthcare Facilities

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The mandatory policy on Insertion and Management of Peripheral Intravenous Cannulae in WA Healthcare Facilities has now been released under the Public Health policy framework.  This policy outlines the minimum requirements for the management of Peripheral Intravenous Cannulae (PIVC) and applies to all healthcare facilities (HCFs) within the WA health system. These HCFs are to align

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HHA Launches New Learning Management System

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HHA have recently launched a new learning management system where all of the hand hygiene e-learning modules are hosted. The modules are the same as previous, but the system is new.  http://hha.org.au/LearningPackage/olp-home.aspx

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Public Health Act 2016 Receives Royal Assent

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The Public Health Act 2016 (‘the Public Health Act’), together with the supporting Public Health (Consequential Provisions) Act 2016 (‘the Consequential Act’), received Royal Assent on the 25th July 2016.  These Acts facilitate a comprehensive reform of public health regulation in Western Australia and are a substantial step towards preventing illness and better protecting and

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Surgical National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey

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The Surgical National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (Surgical NAPS) is an online auditing tool that facilitates the reporting of antimicrobial use in surgical and non-surgical procedures performed in Australian hospitals each year. The 2014 Hospital NAPS showed that surgical prophylaxis accounted for 13% of all antimicrobial prescribing in Australian hospitals, of which 40% was inappropriate. All

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Version 2 of the NSQHS Standards

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The Commission started a review of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards in late 2014, to identify improvements to, and address gaps in, version 1 of the NSQHS Standards. Pilot and consultation processes for the draft version 2 of the NSQHS Standards were conducted in 2015. Version 2 of the NSQHS Standards

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