Tasmanian Infection Prevention and Control
Preventing and controlling infections
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.
New website resources
New online healthcare worker education resources are now available.
- The eLearning infection prevention and control series of short, self-directed educational videos provides basic infection prevention and control topics and principles.
- Four short videos demonstrate how to put on and remove PPE safely when using standard and transmission based precautions.
- Bare below the elbows poster
For more information
Post: GPO Box 125 Hobart, 7001, TAS
Phone: (03) 6166 0605
For all technical and training support please visit www.hha.org.au