Specification for a Hospital Cumulative Antibiogram

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (The Commission) has recently revised the Specification for a Hospital Cumulative Antibiogram, and is available at here. The specification supports health service organisations in meeting the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standard requiring surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This specification provides a guide for health service organisations to develop local cumulative antibiograms, to aid antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs in the development of local antimicrobial prescribing guidelines and formulary management.

World Patient Safety Day

September 17, was World Patient Safety Day and consumers and those who work to prevent infection are calling for all Australians to recognise the vital part we can all play in uniting to halt COVID-19.

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia and the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control are joining to observe World Patient Safety Day to champion the need for continued effort to combat COVID-19.

Read the full press release here.

ASHM ‘Removing Barriers: Providing Care for People with BBVs’

ONLINE LEARNING FOR NURSES AVAILABLE: Nurses have a significant role to play in the elimination of stigma and discrimination experienced by people with blood borne viruses accessing health care. ACCESS the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine’s ‘Removing Barriers: Providing Care for People with BBVs’ online learning module which will provide nurses with a greater understanding of BBVs, the impact of stigma and discrimination, and help identify opportunities to change practice and policy to reduce stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with BBVs.
ENROL at http://removingbarriers.ashm.org.au/how