Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has a new webpage on the prevention and control of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). The Commission’s information on the webpage is based on the content of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (AICGs). The webpage includes information on the core strategies for prevention and control of VRE and an infographic. The link to the webpage is: https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/vre

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.

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/