Clinical Services > Infection Control

Fighting infectious disease with genomics

11 June, 2019 by Dr Cristina Sotomayor-Castillo* and Professor Ramon Z Shaban**

The rapidly developing field of genomics is playing a major role in preventing and treating infectious diseases.


81% of antibiotics prescribed by dentists are unnecessary

05 June, 2019

A new JAMA study suggests that dentists should revisit their use of pre-emptive antibiotic prescriptions, as the risks may outweight the benefits.


Antimicrobial sutures can help reduce SSI risk

31 May, 2019

The Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare state that antimicrobial-coated sutures can help reduce SSIs.


Aussie doctors overprescribing flu antivirals

10 May, 2019

Australian doctors are prescribing antivirals for people with the flu who may not benefit, increasing the risk of side effects and AMR.


New antibiotic resistance report identifies ongoing threat

09 May, 2019

The new AURA report has found that antimicrobial resistance shows little sign of abating, with some bacteria now resistant to last-resort treatments.


Aged-care facilities not meeting flu vax recommendations

12 April, 2019

Many aged-care facilities are taking over a week to provide antivirals to elderly residents after a flu breakout, well over the 24-hour recommendation.


40% healthcare workers remove PPE incorrectly

01 April, 2019

Improper removal of personal protection equipment (PPE) has the potential to spread drug-resistant bacteria, a new study has found.


Containing infectious diseases

18 March, 2019 by Ramon Z Shaban*, Julie E Potter^

HCIDs can be devastating. We look at their key features, their consequences for health clinicians and the importance of biocontainment.


Hygiene and cleaning solutions

12 March, 2019

These hygiene and cleaning solutions are designed to care for people in a sustainable way.


Electrolux Professional Barrier Laundry System

05 March, 2019

The Electrolux Professional Barrier Laundry System is designed to meet the most stringent requirements of sanitation.


How correct ultrasound disinfection procedures protect patients

01 March, 2019 by Jon Burdach, PhD, Head of Clinical Affairs, Nanosonics Limited

Correct disinfection of re-usable medical devices, including ultrasound probes, is important to prevent infection transmission.


Disinfectant wipes: how good are they really?

01 March, 2019 by Ivan Obreza, Healthcare Sector Leader

When compared to traditional cleaning methods, wipes decrease the time to clean patient rooms by 23% and they reduce the human capital cost by around $50 per employee per day.


PVC dressings — comparing the old with the new

18 February, 2019 by Emily Larsen*, Nicole Marsh^, Professor Claire Rickard**

With peripheral venous catheters failure unacceptably high, a new study identifies which dressings are the most likely to remain secure.


What really matters in hospital cleaning

11 February, 2019 by Lisa Hall*, Alison Farrington**

A major Australian study examined cleaning processes in 11 large hospitals. Their findings are key to helping manage infection control.


Study: Hand hygiene low among paramedics

31 January, 2019

A new study has found that, while basic hygiene standards were high, hand hygiene standards practised by paramedics appear to be "remarkably low".


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