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TGA Medical Devices Safety Update Volume 4, Number 3, May 2016

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Included in this TGA Medical Devices Safety Update: TGA urges reporting of contamination after reprocessing of endoscopes Non-tuberculous mycobacterium infections associated with heater-cooler devices https://www.tga.gov.au/sites/default/files/medical-devices-safety-update-volume-4-number-3-may-2016.pdf

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Zika Virus

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In view of the global concern over the outbreak of the Zika virus, both Elsevier and The Lancet have created a Zika Virus Resource Center on Elsevier Connect with the latest updates, research, reviews, editorials, correspondence and commentary to help healthcare professionals, medical researchers and the public understand the outbreak. Both info centers are advised by

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Zika Virus Outbreak

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The World Health Organization has released a global health alert regarding Zika Virus. Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director General, has advised that Zika Virus is a serious global health concern and with highly likely global spread. Moreover, particular concerns have been raised regarding the maternal-fetal effects of the virus. The Australasian College for Infection Prevention

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National Standard for User-Applied Labelling of Injectable Medicines, Fluids & Lines

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The Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) has released the National Standard for User-applied Labelling of Injectable Medicines, Fluids and Lines (the Labelling Standard) in September 2015. The Labelling Standard expands on the Labelling Recommendations (OD 0385/12) to include: Labelling of containers in perioperative settings (including cardiac catheter and interventional radiology units)

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Pertussis is Endemic in Australia

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Pertussis is endemic in Australia, with cyclic outbreaks typically occurring every 3 to 5 years.  In WA, weekly laboratory notifications of confirmed pertussis infections have been increasing throughout 2015, suggesting that another pertussis outbreak may be imminent. In light of this, the WA Communicable Disease Control Directorate (CDCD) would like to remind immunisation providers of

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Draft National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals

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The National Immunisation Committee (NIC) Immunisation Provider Competency Working Group (IPCWG) has undertaken a review of the 2001 National Guidelines for Immunisation Education for Registered Nurses and Midwives (the National Guidelines) to develop the draft National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals (the draft Framework). The purpose of this review was to improve national consistency

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Antimicrobial Use & Resistance in Australia Surveillance System Animation

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Professor John Turnidge, Senior Medical Adviser at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), explains the causes and dangers of antimicrobial resistance, inappropriate antimicrobial usage, and what the Commission is doing about it. Watch the Commission’s animation on the Antimicrobial Use & Resistance in Australia Surveillance System on YouTube here

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Food Safety Week 8 – 15 November 2015

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Australian Food Safety Week takes place this year on the 8 – 15 November. As part of Food Safety Week, the Department of Health Food Unit will be hosting a series of events including: Food labelling seminar delivered by Food Standards Australia New Zealand Update on the review of the Food Act 2008 (WA) and

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Influenza Vaccine Composition for Australia in 2016

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The Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) met at TGA, Canberra, on 8th October 2015, to recommend influenza viruses to be used in the composition of the influenza vaccines for 2016. During this meeting, the expert committee reviewed and evaluated data related to epidemiology, antigenic and genetic characteristics of recent influenza isolates circulating in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, serological

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Antibiotic Awareness Week Commencing Monday 16 November 2015

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Resources for Antibiotic Awareness Week (AAW) 2015 are available to download from the Commission website http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/healthcare-associated-infection/antimicrobial-stewardship/antibiotic-awareness-week/ There is just over one month to go until Antibiotic Awareness Week, which begins on Monday 16 November, 2015. This year is the first time the World Health Organization will endorse World Antibiotic Awareness Week, with the theme “Antibiotics. Handle

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