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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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ACORN Standard Update

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ACORN recently announced the release of the recently revised ACORN Standard Preoperative patient skin antisepsis.

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Revised Guidelines for Influenza Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities March 2017

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The Communicable Diseases Network of Australia’s revised Guidelines for the Prevention, Control and Public Health Management of Influenza Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities in Australia is now available at CDNA Influenza Guidelines These guidelines provide best practice information for: public health authorities residential care services carers. The guidelines are not intended to substitute advice from other

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Infection Control in Endoscopy

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Endoscopic procedures have been linked to serious infections, in particular Carbapenamase-producing Enterocacteriaceae (CPE). Industry guidelines are currently being reviewed to address these potentially catastrophic infections. A specialist Infection Control working party was established by GESA and developed Draft guidelines addressing CPE which were circulated widely but not adopted by the GESA Board. A second working party

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Ultrasound Transducer Reprocessing Guidelines

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The Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) and the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) have released their joint ‘Guidelines for Reprocessing of Ultrasound Transducers’.  They detail the minimum standards of practice for reprocessing ultrasound transducers and reflect the available evidence based on best practice. 2017.2.24 Guidelines Media Release ASUM and ACIPC

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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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