Caring for you and your family

Infection Prevention & Control

 
Overview
Hospital acquired infections are on the rise world-wide, with around 200,000 healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in Australian acute healthcare facilities each year. This makes hospital acquired infections the most common complication affecting patient’s in hospital and can cause unnecessary pain and suffering for patients and their families.
To reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections being transmitted to our patients, South Perth Hospital applies an infection control risk-management framework that manages both the ‘human’ and ‘system’ factors associated with the transmission of infectious agents. This approach ensures the provision of a safe healthcare environment through the implementation of practices that minimise the risk of transmission of infectious agents.
 
 
The measures implemented to reduce the potential of hospital acquired infections include:

  • A hand hygiene program
  • The screening of patients on admission
  • The screening and monitoring of staff to reduce the potential of disease transmission.
  • The use of gloves, gowns, and personal protective equipment to control transmission.
  • The appropriate sterilisation of all reusable instruments and equipment.
  • Staff training in Infection Prevention and Control.

 
Protecting our patients
The safety and health of our patients, visitors and staff is very important to us, and can be evidenced through our Infection Prevention and Control Program that supports our mission of “caring and dedicated staff who provide excellent services”. In conjunction with a hospital culture that promotes patient safety, our policies and procedures are evidence-based, use Best Practice Guidelines, and serve to assist our staff in delivering a high standard of care that minimises the possibility of the transmission of infectious agents to our patients
 

Surveillance
Part of South Perth Hospital’s quality improvement process is a commitment to reduce hospital acquired infections through an active surveillance program. Designed to observe, identify, manage, resolve and report any infections that occur as a result of admission to South Perth Hospital, it serves to increase our knowledge of which factors contribute to hospital acquired infections and the ways in which we can predict and minimise harm to our patients, visitors and staff. Reported Health Care Associated Infection rates can be evidenced as on the decline over the past five years at South Perth Hospital as we become evermore vigilant at infection prevention and control.  There have been no reported incidence of infections as a result of admission to South Perth Hospital in 2013.
 

The Health Care Acquired Infection Rates for Inpatients at South Perth Hospital

 

 
Person Centred Care
Infection prevention and control is ultimately about protecting people and is a key focus in providing high quality patient centred care.  South Perth Hospital’s clinical risk management program uses a collaborative and consultative approach to ensure the effective communication of information between hospital management, healthcare workers, patients and their families. South Perth Hospital actively promotes the participation of patients and the community on the care delivered, through activities ranging from involvement in our facility design, the patient education and the support we offer, or simply through listening and acting on patient feedback.
Our commitment to consumer participation in the prevention and control of infection involves

  • Taking patients’ perspectives into account when developing policies and programs.
  • Educating patients their carers and families on ways to protect themselves from acquiring or transmitting an infectious disease Informing patients about the protocols for protecting their privacy and confidentiality.
  • Providing literature and advising patients on the Charter of Healthcare rights.
  • Ensuring patients are aware of the risks associated with their medical and/or surgical treatment.
  • Encouraging patients to disclose their health or risk status if there is a potential risk or source of infection to healthcare workers or others within the healthcare facility.
  • Encouraging the use of feedback procedures for any concerns that they have about infection prevention and control procedures.

 
Clean Your Hands!!
Hand hygiene is the most effective way of preventing the spread of infections. All our health workers are aware of the importance of hand hygiene and are all trained in the ‘Five Moments of Hand Hygiene’.  As a patient you can help us to prevent infections by washing your hands often and encouraging your visitors to do so when they come to visit, and asking them to refrain from visiting if they have a cold or are unwell. The ‘5 moments for hand hygiene’ was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), and is based on scientific evidence related to when hands may be contaminated. The Five Moments are critical times when Hand Hygiene should be performed to protect patients from infectious agents entering their bodies during procedures, and to protect healthcare workers from acquiring patients’ infectious agents.
 

The Five Moments are:
 

 
 
Hand Hygiene - Information for patient and visitors to South Perth Hospital
Hand hygiene applies to everyone including healthcare workers, patients and visitors

  • Healthcare workers generally use an alcohol-based hand rub as it is effective and easy to use but, if their hands are visibly dirty, they need to use soap and water first.
  • Performing hand hygiene regularly reduces the risk of infection to you and others. If in hospital, remind your visitors to use alcohol-based hand rub when they come into the ward and before they leave.
  • No matter what product you use to clean your hands, the solution should come into contact with all surfaces.
  • After hand hygiene, the hands should be dry. If alcohol-based hand rub is used, the solution will dry on the hands.
  • After hand hygiene with soap and water, hands should be patted dry.
  • Healthcare workers should have short, clean fingernails and not wear artificial fingernails or jewellery.
  • It’s okay to question healthcare workers about their hand hygiene practices.

 
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Reporting of Hand Hygiene Practices
South Perth Hospital performs scheduled audits of hand hygiene compliance rates that enable us to monitor how well our staff are following the established guidelines and procedures. These audits are performed three times a year with the results submitted to Hand Hygiene Australia HHA (an organisation engaged by The Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care [ACSQHC] to implement a National Hand Hygiene Initiative). HHA compiles the information provided by us and uses it to compile a national data base on hand hygiene practice compliance rates across Australia.
 
 
South Perth Hospital Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates Comparison for 2014- 2016

  

  
Personal Protective Equipment
In the hospital setting personal protective equipment (PPE) is anything used or worn by healthcare workers to protect both themselves and the patient from the risk of transmission of any infectious diseases. The wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gowns, masks and gloves is a routine part of infection prevention and control at South Perth Hospital—it is used for everybody’s safety. PPE is generally used in the patient care area, with gloves being the most frequently utilized form of protection when healthcare workers come into contact with blood or body fluids. As many gloves contain latex, patients who are sensitive or allergic to latex should tell their healthcare workers so that an alternative glove type can be used.
 

Environmental Cleaning Management -Information for Patients and Visitors to South Perth Hospital.
Cleanliness in health facilities plays an essential role in preventing the spread of organisms that can cause health care associated infection. As part of quality improvement and patient safety processes, South Perth Hospital has a comprehensive cleaning regime of all surfaces and equipment in the patient-care environment at South Perth Hospital. If you are a patient or visitor at the hospital please notify staff should you feel something needs to be cleaned.
 
 
Preventing and Controlling Hospital Acquired Infections: Our Duty – Your Entitlement!

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