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May 17

Identifying the changes in the revised NSQHS Standards

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

31
Jul 14

The biggest problem facing Australian hospitals

In the build up to the Strengthening Clinical Handover conference Chris May, Katrina Lewis & Maree Johnson have all been kind enough to give us a small insight into some of the key questions that hospitals are asking when it comes to becoming successfully accredited for the National Standards. With over 40 years worth of … Continue reading The biggest problem facing Australian hospitals

03
Jul 14

Examining Vascular Access with Tim Spencer

Effective use of vascular access devices are vital in preventing and controlling Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI’s). Tim Spencer is the President of the Australian Vascular Access Society and an authority when it comes to appropriately administering the correct procedures. Vascular access is the procedure in which an apparatus is correctly connected to a blood vessel. … Continue reading Examining Vascular Access with Tim Spencer

17
Jun 14

Don’t forget to wash your hands!

It’s a scary thought going into hospital, a place most of us would try and avoid. It’s a place of endless testing, bad lighting, hushed tones and terrible food. Though they make us better right? Surely they make us better! Unfortunately over 200, 000 healthcare associated infections (HAI) occur every year within Australian hospitals. A … Continue reading Don’t forget to wash your hands!