Hands on and practical infection control and prevention is not just an ideal, it’s a necessity.
In 2010, the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia published guidelines for the prevention and control of infection in healthcare. The report outlines how there are approximately 200,000 annual healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in Australia alone, making such complications the most common in hospital patients.
In order for infection prevention and control to be effective in avoiding unnecessary outbreaks and costs, all healthcare workers, from staff to managers, need to make infection prevention and control measures a priority.
In healthcare facilities, this means incorporating infection control policies into management structures, implementing procedures such as infection control audits, using surveillance to measure infections, continuing education and training for all employees and planning facility design and maintenance in line with best practices.
ICAT can help you with all of this in a way that’s easy to introduce to your facility, easy to understand and easy to implement.
This online audit tool for infection prevention and control covers comprehensive review of all elements of healthcare facility operations, and is designed to report that facilities comply with the latest legislation and best practices. Qualified infection prevention and control experts continuously review the tools and methods used in ICAT to provide up-to-date service.
ICAT is therefore ideal for organisations with multiple facilities.
The areas covered by a Bug Control Facility Audit include:
Clinical services | Education | Hand Hygiene | Surveillance | Cleaning | Catering Services | Laundry Services | Preventative Maintenance | Staff Immunisations and Vaccinations | Sharps Management | Waste Management | Outbreak Management Isolation | Transmission-Based Precautions
Other areas from the Bug Control portfolio can be added for auditing, and pricing options can be negotiated for extended contract periods and/or increased volumes.
Once the audit is complete, you will be provided with a comprehensive report detailing the findings and recommendations for improvement.
Management will have access to the facility reports, as well as a summary of non-compliance and corrective actions. These summaries will also show combined scores by location, and individualised suggestions for facilities that need manuals, staff training or other tools.
If your facility needs further advice or help with infection prevention and control, Bug Control Australia and New Zealand offer a range of services to meet almost any form of infection control work. This can include the provision of an on-site specialist nursing resource, strategic level consultancy work, education and seminars, policy and procedure development.