Tasmanian Infection Prevention and Control

Tasmanian Infection Prevention and Control

Information for


Healthcare workers

Latest publications

Surveillance Report No 29 - Quarter 1 2016

Surveillance Report No 28 - Quarter 4 2015

Surveillance Report No 27 - Quarter 3 2015

Surveillance Report No 26 - Annual Report

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.

For more information

Email: tipcu@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Post: GPO Box 125 Hobart, 7001, TAS

Phone: (03) 6166 0605

September 2016