Did you know that on 20 March 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that measles elimination had been achieved by Australia.
Did you know that the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety In Healthcare has produced a risk matrix to support the management of workplace immunisation?
‘Workforce immunisation will cover a variety of specific vaccinations depending on the risks associated with the work place. This risk assessment can be used by an organisation as part of their process to manage risk in the workforce.
The enclosed link is to an interesting article. It describes the first documented evidence that TB can spread from cats to humans and has been reported by British public health officials, confirming long-held concerns about the disease’s capacity to jump from one of Britain’s favourite pets.
The enclosed article from the British Medical Journal reviews available research regarding strategies to prevent post operative surgical site infections. You may find the evidence presented of interest! The authors found no convincing evidence in favour of the use of laminar airflow over conventional ventilation for prevention of THR-related SSIs, yet laminar airflow is costly and widely used.
A 2014 Cochrane Review on the effectiveness of different types of gloving is definitely worth a read. According to the article there ‘is moderate-quality evidence that Healthcare workers are at risk of acquiring viral diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV through exposure to contaminated blood and body fluids at work.
Healthcare workers including Doctors may forget the potential infection risk presented by the repeated use of stethoscopes.
‘Human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV) has evolved from an illness that consistently led to death to a chronic disease that can be medically managed’.
Did you know that the nationally agreed benchmark is no more than 2.0 Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) cases per 10,000 days of patient care for acute care public hospitals in each state and territory. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released the latest report on public hospital acquired SAB.