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Tasmanian Infection Prevention and Control
When patients and clients attend hospitals, clinics and surgeries they may come in contact with healthcare associated infections.
These infections are always a potential risk for patients and clients but many of them are preventable.
How to minimise the risks of healthcare associated infections:
- ensure good levels of hand hygiene within facilities
- ensure high levels of environmental hygiene and cleanliness
- educate healthcare workers, patients and the public
- ensure careful and appropriate use of antibiotics
- use basic infection control practices such as standard precautions for the care of all patients
- use transmission-based precautions for patients with certain conditions transmitted by contact, droplet or airborne routes
- provide clinical leadership and organisational support for infection prevention in healthcare facilities
- provide robust governance or reporting structures within organisations to manage infection risks
- undertake surveillance to help understand rates and patterns of healthcare associated infections.
About us: Infection prevention and control
We provide independent professional advice, leadership and information on healthcare associated infections (HAIs) to health professionals, consumers and patients.
Our role is to:
- develop, initiate and facilitate statewide policies, procedures and programs designed to reduce the incidence of HAIs in Tasmania
- establish and sustain surveillance mechanisms to monitor effectiveness of infection prevention interventions
- provide infection prevention and control education and training
- represent Tasmania in prevention and control of healthcare associated infections at national initiatives.
Tasmania has an overarching HAI strategy to coordinate and plan a statewide response to reducing the risk of HAIs.
Download the Tasmanian Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Strategy 2020-2022
For more information
Email: [email protected]
Post: GPO Box 125 Hobart, 7001, TAS
Phone: 03 6166 0605