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Date: Weds 22nd Nov 2017 | Time: 7:00am to 8:15am
Murray Room, National Convention Centre
More than any other, the last decade has seen sweeping public policy reform and re-prioritisation of infection prevention and control activities nationally and abroad. Hand hygiene, compliance with accreditation requirements, anti-microbial stewardship and pay-for-performance have become the areas in which many infection preventionists (IPs) have invested their scarce resources.
Concurrently, healthcare delivery has evolved. New and revised procedures, many of which are often able to be delivered in settings beyond the traditional scope of an infection control and prevention program, are emerging. Hospital buying groups are seeking less expensive options for both capital equipment and consumables. As a result, the contemporary infection preventionist faces the almost impossible task of trying to be aware of all possible infection risks across the system and delivering evidence-based solutions to prevent them.
The unprecedented surge in ultrasound (U/S) use across specialities and in specific procedures is a prime example
of emerging infection risks. Australia’s 2017 multi-jurisdictional outbreak of Burkholderia cynocephali bacteraemia
and infection attributed to contaminated sterile gel used for central line insertion provides IPs with a salient reminder
of the risk of ultrasound-related infections and the importance of proper U/S probe reprocessing.
- able to appreciate the risk, mechanisms and magnitude of U/S-related infections
- familiar with the characteristics of multiple global U/S related outbreaks over the past two decades
- aware of the current requirements of Standard 3 regarding reprocessing of re-usable medical devices and
- able to access and apply the principles of the new national Guidelines for Reprocessing Ultrasound Transducers recently issued in Australia by the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM), jointly with the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC)
Dr Cathryn Murphy RN. B. Photog, MPH, PhD, CIC.
- Chief Executive Officer & Creative Director, Infection Control Plus Pty Ltd
- Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, Bond University