As nurses we are all aware of the myriad of information being distributed from a variety of sources around the world regarding the Ebola Virus. As always adhere to your organisations policy regarding same . Enclosed you will find an article from the Dept of Health Website titled Information for Clinicians.
The Medical Journal of Australia in September 2014 published an interesting overview regarding Ebola and Australia.
“Infections with MDR gram-negative bacteria are now well described worldwide.4 The rapidity of their spread, coupled with a lack of new antimicrobial agents, is alarming. Of greatest concern is the rise of carbapenemase producing organisms, as carbapenems are the last line of commonly available gram-negative antibiotics.
“The repatriation of patients from foreign hospitals can foster the emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant bacteria (MRB).
Almost everyone you know has at least one mobile telephone. Nurses are aware of the potential spread of pathogens via the use of mobile phones.
How effective are face masks in theatre. You will find this article of interest. The study was conducted to check the efficacy of face masks in limiting bacterial dispersal when worn continuously in Operation Theatre.
‘Airborne transmission of respiratory infectious disease in indoor environment (e.g. airplane cabin, conference room, hospital, isolated room and inpatient ward) may cause outbreaks of infectious diseases, which may lead to many infection cases and significantly influences on the public health.’
Over the past decade, evidence indicates’ that contamination of environmental surfaces in hospital rooms plays an important role in the transmission of several key healthcare-associated pathogens, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), Clostridium difficile, Acinetobacter, and norovirus.
The International Journal of Infection Control has published a really interesting paper on the use of cleaning wipes / towellettes, microfiber and cotton clothes on different surfaces.
‘Crusted scabies is a highly infectious, debilitating and disfiguring disease, and remote Aboriginal communities of northern Australia have the highest reported rates of the condition in the world.