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AURA 2016 Report

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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has launched the first comprehensive report on antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial use and appropriateness of prescribing in Australia, to date. AURA 2016: First Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health contains data on antimicrobial use in the community, hospitals and residential aged care facilities;

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First mcr-1 Gene in E. coli Bacteria found in a Human in the United States

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating in a coordinated public health response to the Department of Defense (DoD) announcement on May 26 of the first mcr-1 gene found in bacteria from a human in the United States (http://mcr-1 Gene in E. coli Bacteria). Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria carrying the mcr-1

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NSQHS Standards Advisory No: A16/03: Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations

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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released the attached Advisory No: A16/03: Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations which may have implications for your healthcare facility. Advisory A16/03 describes the minimum requirements for health service organisation compliance with Action 3.16.1 of the NSQHS Standards following the introduction

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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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