The ‘Preventing & Controlling Infection’ Conference was held at the Novotel Sydney Central on the 17th & 18th September this year. The event attracted delegates from all over the country who were interested in hearing case studies and strategies to successfully comply with Standard 3 and prevent Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs).
Acute health organisations from around Australia are failing to effectively manage HAIs. Over 200,000 HAIs are experienced by patients in Australian acute healthcare facilities each year; they are the most common complication affecting patients.
Paul Curtis from the Clinical Excellence Commission outlined the difficulty of controlling infectious diseases as they are constantly evolving over time. He explained that some of the key strategies in preventing HAIs can be resolved by working collaboratively with clinicians, patients, managers and the community.
Genevieve Maguire from the Southern NSW Local Health District spoke about her experience with complying with Standard 3. She indicated that aseptic technique and antimicrobial stewardship were the ‘Big Risk’ items, while other challenges in providing evidence for Standard 3 were a lack standardised, specific audit tools, data bases and graphing functions, which can be overcome by ensuring an open method of communication between all staff.
Some of the other key themes highlighted by speakers and delegates at the event included:
Developing a successful preventive framework is the responsibility of everyone within the organisation, it will help ensure that risk is minimised as the overall program is known by more than just a few disjointed people.
Accountability and reporting is essential to the success of complying with Standard 3. Be ambitious and create a model that promotes zero tolerance.
Antimicrobial Stewardship works and is compulsory; it is becoming an embedded reality within all healthcare organisations around the world.
Overall the two day conference was well received by everyone who attended.
“Fantastic opportunity to hear from colleagues across the industry and gather tips and networking resources. The conference provided a chance for ICPs to ask some of the hard questions that we sometimes don’t know how to ask.”
– Aaron Cannon, CNC-Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator, Gosford Private Hospital
“Wonderful conference content, great speakers, the most successful networking opportunities of all the conferences I’ve attended!”
– Leasa Giles, Infection Control CNC, Charlestown Private Hospital