Contact precautions may not always work, and could harm patients, said A/Prof Marin Schweizer to delegates at the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control Conference 2014 in Adelaide.
Most patients requiring cancer surgery are waiting no longer than 30 days however there is still room for improvement, according to the National Health Performance Authority's (NHPA) report Hospital Performance: Cancer surgery waiting times in public hospitals in 2012–13
[caption id="attachment_9000" align="alignright" width="844"] Dr Julia Ellyard[/caption]
A guide to cultural responsiveness with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People has been published to ensure pharmacists and pharmacy staff are aware of the health beliefs, practices, culture and linguistic needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.
More than 500 health workers have walked off the job at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in the first of a series of rolling 12-hour stoppages.
Research led by the University of Adelaide has provided new insights into how the HIV virus greatly boosts its chances of spreading infection, and why HIV is so hard to combat.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) says the impending release of the 2014 Skilled Occupation List (List) will bring despair to many newly graduating dentists. The ADA says despite its repeated calls to take corrective action, reports indicate that dentists remaon in the list for 2014, which means dentists with overseas qualifications can enter Australia and limit jobs from graduates from Australian universities.
The Pressure Injury Prevention Program in the Hunter New England Health Local Health District is a model highly recognised within the healthcare profession since its inception in 2008. The program’s clinical lead Margo Asimus, nurse manager Felicity Williams and project officer Pui Ling (Iris) Li explain the program’s aims and outcomes.
With more than 28,000 United States and Australian Defence Force personnel participating in Talisman Saber in Queensland recently, it was an opportunity for the military to showcase the technology, equipment and logistics of a Role 2E hospital facility.
[caption id="attachment_5092" align="alignright" width="133"] PSA National President Grant Kardachi[/caption]
In a healthcare environment the need for improved infection control is always at the top of mind. Surfaces within these environments need to control the transfer and possible development of infections. Insitu wallcovering and pinboard fabrics now provide wall surfaces that prevent and stop the development of healthcare associated infections, providing a colourful, yet functional noise reduced environment within aged care facilities and hospitals.
Improving hand hygiene compliance has been identified by the World Health Organisation as one of the key strategies to reduce Hospital Associated Infections (HAIs) globally. Australian hospitals are now mandated to conduct ongoing audits and submit the results to Hand Hygiene Australia – which can be a timely and labour-intensive exercise for any already time-constrained hospital department.