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

14
Dec 18

3 Tips for Safe Sterilisation Practices

Author:Ash Natesh

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

12
May 17

Identifying the changes in the revised NSQHS Standards

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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

03
Mar 16

NSQHS: Do you ever feel like you’re in a hamster wheel, running but never reaching your destination?

Author:Nick May

Nick May is an experienced Nurse Educator based at Royal Perth Hospital in WA. Like many, I periodically get frustrated when, faced with the latest problem, I am directed to “Go and educate everyone about XXX”. When it comes to complex problems – like preventing hospital-acquired blood-stream infections – is education just a convenient box that, … Continue reading NSQHS: Do you ever feel like you’re in a hamster wheel, running but never reaching your destination?

15
Jan 15

We need new antibiotics to beat superbugs, but why are they so hard to find?

By Matthew Cooper, The University of Queensland We’ve heard a lot lately about superbugs – bacteria that are resistant to current antibiotics. But as the threat of superbugs continues to rise, the number of new treatments available has flatlined. This has placed us dangerously close to the edge of a return to the pre-antibiotic era, … Continue reading We need new antibiotics to beat superbugs, but why are they so hard to find?

06
Nov 14

Is Australia prepared for an Ebola outbreak?

Author:Fiona Lam

The Ebola virus disease (EVD) is causing widespread panic in the community and threatening to spread world-wide. Currently, the number of Ebola infections has surpassed 10,000 and the death toll is almost 5,000 worldwide, mainly in the three West African nations affected. The Government has made statements that Australia is not at risk due to … Continue reading Is Australia prepared for an Ebola outbreak?

23
Oct 14

Preventing & Controlling Infection Highlights: 3 Big Take Aways

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 … Continue reading Preventing & Controlling Infection Highlights: 3 Big Take Aways