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.
If you’re looking for a better way to make sure the people in your village or home stay involved, entertained and engaged, it’s time to consider the benefits that FOXTEL can offer.
The Australian Aged Care Bulletin speaks exclusively to Professor Hal Kendig, head of the Ageing, Work, and Health Research Unit in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney.
In November 2009, the following guidelines were endorsed by Australian Health Ministers for use by Australian health professionals – Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People: Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Hospitals, Residential Aged Care Facilities and Community Care 2009. As the first Australian national falls prevention guidelines to address the three main care settings, they provided a nationally consistent basis for falls prevention strategies and were designed to inform and assist health professionals reduce the risk and rate of falls in older people while providing care.
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).
Incontinence is a prevalent and costly problem in aged care, and poor management of incontinence impacts on the health and quality of life of the individual and the environment of the aged care home, writes Jacinta Miller.
Modec is a market leader in providing security, electrical and data communication solutions to various clients throughout the eastern states of Australia.
Lille Continence Institute is Lille Healthcare’s accredited provider of education and training programs directed at health professionals treating incontinence issues.
For any meal to be successful in the aged care environment it needs to be eaten ensuring that residents are receiving the nutrients they need Karen Abbey reports.
The skill and knowledge base of employees in the aged care industry must match the innovation their organisation is seeking. Louise Absalom and Trish McReynolds report.
Over the past decade we have witnessed some radical changes in the way in which technology has changed the delivery of care in residential aged care.
The dawn of a new era with the CRANEX® 3D and SCANORA® 3D for all maxillofacial imaging requirements. The new CRANEX® 3D is a high quality imaging system with panoramic, cephalometric and Cone Beam 3D imaging programs. With its new feature EasyScout TM view for 3D images, The CRANEX® 3D makes patient positioning more accurate.
In this issue we speak with Council of the Ageing (COTA) Chief Executive, Ian Yates, about the anticipated overhaul of Australia's aged care sector.