On Wednesday 11th October our new Director, Deb Friedman, hosted a brief informal online meeting for you all to meet her. This was also an opportunity to provide feedback to VICNISS about our surveillance program and to have a say in the future direction of VICNISS.Read more
Click below to read this latest article published in the International Journal of Older People Nursing https://doi.org/10.1111/opn.12563Read more
Clinical View reports on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in Victorian hospitals, to support clinicians in delivering safe, high-quality clinical care. State reporting of HAIs in Victorian public and private hospitals is coordinated by VICNISS.Read more
The VICNISS team in collaboration with Safer Care Victoria have published a report on “An evaluation of influenza, pneumococcal and herpes zoster vaccination coverage in Australian aged care residents, 2018 to 2022”.Read more
The CPO TRA list has recently been updated on October 19 2023Read more
Surgery duration, ASA and wound class are used to calculate the SSI Basic Risk Index for each operative procedure. A point is allocated if for each of the following:Read more
Another great article from Noleen Bennett, Michael Malloy and Leon Worth (VICNISS) in conjunction with NCAS on the inappropriate use of antimicrobials.Read more
Click below to read this recent article written by VICNISS' Lyn-li Lim, Noleen Bennett, Ann Bull and Leon Worth along with Sheena Sullivan from the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, published in the Medical Journal of Australia.Read more
Why it is important to check that you and your staff have the correct VICNISS position classification and how this ensures you will receive important updates and appropriate communication.Read more
Literature reviews prepared by VICNISS' infectious diseases physician, Dr Lyn-li Lim, are delivered bi-monthly via the eBulletin and are also available for you to read via the link below.Read more
Find out more about the development and implementation of the National Infection Surveillance Program for Aged Care (NISPAC)Read more
VICNISS together with stakeholders have developed a definition that clarifies a peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) associated Staphylococcus aureus blood stream infection (SAB) as distinct from a central venous catheter (CVC) associated SAB.Read more
Are antibiotics overused in aged care? A/Prof. Noleen Bennett, our senior infection control consultant and project officer for the Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey recently gave an interview with the Australian Prescriber.Read more
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care recently revised their Implementation Guide for Surveillance of Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) in Australian public and private hospitalsRead more
The Victorian Guideline on Candida auris was recently released and is available at: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/infection-controlRead more
Many healthcare associated infections are preventable. As a consumer of healthcare, you may wish to know more about how to prevent acquiring an infection during your hospital stay.
Consumer facts sheets (Healthcare associated Infections, Clostridium difficile, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci) have been developed to support the messages on healthcare associated infection contained in the NHMRC Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare.
These fact sheets aim to inform patients, visitors, families and carers about healthcare associated infection, what activities healthcare facilities have in place to prevent infections and/or to limit the spread of infections.
There is a vast amount of information available on the internet in relation to healthcare associated infections some of which may not be accurate. If you wish to know more regarding infection prevention; contact the Infection Prevention team at your hospital, or you can use the recommended links of reputable websites below.