Standard 3: Preventing & Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections.
Western Hospital has a robust and proactive Infection Control Program that aims to provide protection against infection for patients, staff visitors and all who use our facility. To meet legislation and healthcare standards our Infection control program ensures that we have systems in place to prevent and minimise the potential for hospital acquired infection.
These systems include: policies and procedures based on National Infection Control guidelines; cleaning programs and surveillance/testing of the environment; monitoring of infections; reporting performance data, and initiating improvement strategies as required. Our infection rates have been consistently below the industry benchmark and we publicly display our performance in our waiting area.
We ensure our staff work in a safe and healthy environment and facilitate immunisation programs and monitor any reported incidents.
Our staff receive education and training in specific Infection Control competencies, and we promote the importance of hand hygiene in infection prevention with hand hygiene stations throughout the hospital and in all patient rooms. We participate in the national hand hygiene strategy through Hand Hygiene Australia. Hand hygiene audits are conducted three times per year, with results above industry benchmarks and steadily improving each year.
We are proud of the high standard of care we provide and the excellent performance results we achieve for our infection control programs.
The commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released the following video on antimicrobial resistance that is aimed at the community.
The video features Professor John Turnidge, Senior Medical Adviser for the Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) Project, explaining the causes and dangers of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and inappropriate antimicrobial usage (AU), as well as the Commission’s response to this emerging global health issue.