05
Apr 19

Utilising short notice survey as a catalyst for culture change

Author:Ash Natesh

The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards 2nd Edition commenced from January 2019. As part of the 2nd Edition health service organisations can elect to undertake either the announced assessment program or short notice assessment program. The short notice assessment consists of one or two on site assessments each year. The health service … Continue reading Utilising short notice survey as a catalyst for culture change

25
Mar 19

Tools you can provide your staff for better engagement

Author:Ash Natesh

Employee engagement in the healthcare space can be improved through education, providing the necessary equipment for hand hygiene facilities and by addressing any behavioural challenges that may affect hand hygiene compliance. Employers have various tools that they can use to help minimise business disruption, protect employee health and limit any negative impact on the community. … Continue reading Tools you can provide your staff for better engagement

05
Mar 19

Managing the MERs Outbreak

Author:Ash Natesh

Between the year 2012 and 2018, there were 2229 confirmed cases of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which was reported to WHO. 83% of this outbreak was reported by Saudi Arabia. The most vulnerable demographic to the disease were males above the age of 60 with an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, hypertension … Continue reading Managing the MERs Outbreak

25
Feb 19

Case Study : Box Hill Hospital Redevelopment

Author:Ash Natesh

Eastern Health: Eastern Health has a total of 1,456 beds and services a community of 774,000 people located across 2,800 square kilometres. The health services department has 7 hospitals with 3 emergency departments with over 40 sites across 21 locations. Eastern Health also has over 8,500 staff and cater to just over 1.33 million episodes … Continue reading Case Study : Box Hill Hospital Redevelopment

05
Feb 19

10 tips to set up an effective AMS system in your health organisation

Author:Ash Natesh

AMS programs contain a range of strategies to reduce unnecessary antimicrobial use and promote the use of appropriate antimicrobials in line with prescribing guidelines. Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is a systematic approach by a health service organisation to: Promote and optimise appropriate antimicrobial use, and improve patient outcomes Reduce and contain antimicrobial resistance (AMR) Reduce healthcare … Continue reading 10 tips to set up an effective AMS system in your health organisation

29
Jan 19

The Importance of Hand Hygiene

Author:Ash Natesh

    Susan Jain RN, who is now the Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Nurse Consultant at Prince of Wales hospital, highlighted the impacts of HAI and MDRO on the hospital and the importance of hand hygiene at the 4th annual infection prevention and control conference 2017. Below are Susan’s Findings: HAI’s and its impacts: … Continue reading The Importance of Hand Hygiene

20
Dec 18

How can Healthcare Practitioners benefit from networking opportunities?

Author:Ash Natesh

It is generally accepted that all health care professionals require evidence on which to base their practice. The question nevertheless remains: how can professionals, and nurses, in particular, gain access to all the evidence without the help of additional resources? One of the most valuable ways of gaining knowledge is not just by hearing from … Continue reading How can Healthcare Practitioners benefit from networking opportunities?

20
Dec 18

The Effects of Dry Surface Biofilms: A Case Study by Dr.Chowdhury

Author:Ash Natesh

Only in recent years have we discovered that dry surface biofilms are the culprit of pathogens. Dry surface biofilms are commonplace in hospitals. A recent study conducted by D.Chowdhury et. al illustrates clearly that bacteria can be easily transferred from dry surface biofilms to the hands of healthcare workers and have an important role in … Continue reading The Effects of Dry Surface Biofilms: A Case Study by Dr.Chowdhury