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.
The Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin speaks exclusively with Tony Lubofsky, Project Director of the new Royal Children’s Hospital Project, from the Department of Health, Victoria.
Keeping people out of hospitals is an important part of a pharmacist’s role, and ensuring the quality use of medicine is one of the most effective ways of helping to minimise hospital admissions.
The chances are you have already had the experience of an endoscopic procedure. The most commonly reported procedure group for the private sector in 2007-2008 was procedures on the digestive system (673,000), with 87.9% of these being for fibreoptic colonoscopy, panendoscopy with excision and fibreoptic colonoscopy with excision. Other commonly reported procedures across both sectors were diagnostic gastrointestinal endoscopy (626,000 separations).
The recent national benchmark for golden staph infection rates is one of a whole host of new safety and quality measures being reported on the “MyHospitals” federal government website. This has once again raised the importance of infection control in a healthcare environment, especially after 13 hospitals failed to meet the standards in 2010/11, which was set at no more than two cases per 10,000 occupied beds.
ITL Healthcare was established in 2003 with the acquisition of Surgicare Pty Ltd, a company that had been operating for 25 years and specialising in customised procedure packs for various medical applications, ITL Healthcare is an operating division of ITL Limited, an ASX listed and Australian owned and operated company with its Head Office and production facilities located in Melbourne.
When Macquarie University Hospital opened its doors on June 15, 2010, it became the first private hospital in Australia on a university campus, it’s also the country’s first fully digital private hospital, leveraging technology in pursuit of superior patient care, research and training.
When the summer heat is over, at the emergency department of the highly reputed Clínica Sagrado Corazón, Seville, the staff is ready to take the healthcare heat: Agfa HealthCare’s DX-D 300 Direct Radiography (DR) system can handle the workload peaks flawlessly, offering both staff and patients unprecedented comfort and diagnostic quality.
Catheter-related blood stream infections (CRBSIS) and life-threatening hospital acquired infections (HAIS) present a patient well-being challenge for healthcare professionals and an economic burden for healthcare facilities across the world, yet with the right strategies they are also the most preventable. The Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin spoke with leading UK IV nurse consultant, Andrew Jackson, on his recent education tour of Australia, sponsored by 3M.
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