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
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
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
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
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?
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
Sterilising and disinfecting medical equipment is of utmost importance for the healthcare industry. Thousands of patients die every year or are infected with a disease because medical equipment was not properly sterilised. Complications surface in many surgeries due to improper sterilisation. Detailed below are three of the most effective ways to sterilisation medical equipment. The … Continue reading 3 Tips for Safe Sterilisation Practices
The new version of the NSQHS Standards is now available, and there are several key changes that will have an impact on how you establish and monitor the infection, prevention and control surveillance systems within your health care facility. The first change is the revision of the intent of standard three, to now include effective … Continue reading Identifying the changes in the revised NSQHS Standards