Time remains critical in the system of care for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction [heart attack], write Lorelle Martin, Carolyn Naismith, Associate Professor Omar Farouque and Simon Judkins.
Europe is getting behind the use of antimicrobial copper to help fight hospital infections.
A national e-health system is well on its way and seamless alignment is now within our reach, writes Dr Chris Mitchell.
Intravascular catheters are the most frequently used medical devices1 in hospitals and enable fast infusion of often lifesaving medications and fluids, delivered directly into the blood stream.
SAFE AND EFFECTIVE INFECTION CONTROL WITH AUSTRALIAN COMPANY
We use our hands to do things all the time. Our hands are great carriers of germs. Infection control experts have identified the hands as being the number one method whereby germs are transferred from one person to another. They regularly reinforce the good hand hygiene message in the prevention of disease outbreaks to healthcare workers and to the general public.
New scientific studies continue to prove that antimicrobial copper surfaces provide a constant barrier to germs.
3M champions patient warming in Australia Following the acquisition of Arizant Healthcare in October 2010, 3M has been working to integrate the Bair Hugger patient warming and Ranger fluid warming brands into the Infection Prevention Division of 3M healthcare globally. In Australia, as of 1 January, 2012 3M Healthcare will be stepping-up its involvement in these brands and supporting their operational functions including research and development capabilities.
All health professionals have important roles to play in actively affording patient safety through infection prevention and control, write Dr Ramon Z Shaban, Mary-Rose Godsell and Professor Jenny Gamble.
Coregas is a group business of Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety - a division of Wesfarmers Limited.
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Each year around 200,000 cases of Health Care Associated Infections (HAIs) occur in Australia contributing to more than 7,000 deaths (1). Good hand hygiene is critical to reducing the spread of HAIs by breaking the chain of infection.
The recent detection of the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C-diff) in Australia has sparked concerns among healthcare experts of a possible outbreak of this new Super Bug, in February this year, three patients at a Melbourne hospital were detected as carrying the bacteria and last November another 10 from a Melbourne aged care facility also tested positive to the bacteria.
Emerging Health Solutions (EHS) was designed for Australian hospitals by Australian clinicians, this secure, web-based clinical information system provides quality patient care by improving clinical communications, creating effective and efficient processes, and aiding risk identification and management.
Each individual Australian has been issued a health identifier (HI) number. This number will be able to be attached to every electronically held healthcare record made about a citizen over the coming months/years, including information held by Medicare. The inclusion of the HI in software programs across the country will form the cornerstone of the nation’s e-health project and the implementation of each citizen’s Personally Controlled E-Health Record (PCEHR).