Infection control

Continuous updating of skills and knowledge is imperative in the rapidly expanding area of infection control and infectious diseases to promote sound decision making and policy formulation.

Infection control is a central policy in many sectors of the workforce. We all expect hospitals and restaurants to implement procedures to protect both clients and workers.

Obviously, infection control issues are far more far-ranging than this, and apply to all worksites.

It may include the standards for cleaning of the toilets and the ever-present issue of staffroom kitchens, or it may influence the total concept of the service provided, as in residential facilities or other services.

No matter what the core business of an organisation, it must comply with the applicable codes of practice for that industry.

This publication is the currently available course on how to;
Comply With Infection Control Policies And Procedures In Health Work (HLTIN301A)   

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Principals and Practices of Standard Precautions

Infection Control
There is a two-tier approach to infection control:

Standard Precautions.
Basic work practices undertaken by everyone against infection spread by contact.

Additional Precautions.
Extra precautions taken to protect the individual against specific conditions eg. Airborne infection, TB, measles, chicken pox.

Standard Precautions include;

•    Hand washing
•    protective wear
•    environmental control
•    waste disposal
•    immediate response after exposure blood or body fluids
•    treat all blood and body fluids as infectious

Additional Precautions
Extra Precaution is required when standard precautions are not enough to stop the spread of specific conditions eg: TB, measles, chicken pox

Precautions include; appropriate worker rostering (eg. Pregnancy) use of stop signs, single rooms, masks and gowns.

All of the health care providers should have access to the following protective equipment when implementing a standard  precautions;
•    Eye  protection
•    Hat
•    Face mask
•    Gown
•    Gloves
•    Leggings or shoe covers

He are a few resources that you will find useful so you may learn about the latest issues and responses to the control of infection.

This video looks at how to prevent the spread of flu.

Prevent the spread of flu (video)

FLU Hygiene tips for kids (video)

Australia is moving our pandemic response phase from DELAY to CONTAIN, more information relating to responses on this go to;

health emergency

Precautions and Strategies for Workplaces

DeBug Infection Prevention Program

Infection Control Service

Precautions for General Public
Signs & symptoms of Influenza A (H1N1) go to; public information

If you are traveling

If you are travelling from an area with evidence of community transmission of Influenza A (H1N1-2009) (e.g., Mexico, the US and Canada –  check for the latest updates, you are strongly advised to:

  1. monitor your temperature daily
  2. check yourself for the following symptoms:
          * High fever (> 38 deg C)
          * Sore throat
          * Cough
          * Body aches
          * Runny nose
          * Headaches
          * Tiredness

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