Category Archives: Infection prev & control

COVID-19 – infection prevention and control literature – November 2020

Interim listing – to 25/11/20 inclusive Papers that related to COVID-19 infection prevention and control from the daily COVID-19 Critical Intelligence Unit  listings.  You can sign up for their full evidence summaries via their website. This posting does not attempt to … Continue reading

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COVID-19 – infection prevention and control literature – October 2020 (complete)

Papers that related to COVID19 infection prevention and control from the daily COVID-19 Critical Intelligence Unit  listings for October.  You can sign up for their full evidence summaries via their website. Peer reviewed journals A systematic review on airborne transmission of … Continue reading

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Local production of alcohol hand rub for hospital use (WHO guidance)

Here is excellent straightforward WHO guidance required to set up a cost-effective production facility within an LMIC hospital. Commercial product will usually cost 5-10 times the price. Hand hygiene by staff before and after every patient interaction is one of … Continue reading

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Infection control guidelines – Pacific Nations

PPHSN Infection Prevention and  Control Guidelines –  2010  These are likely to be updated before too long.  They are produced by PICNet – Pacific regional Infection Control Network. Updated PNG Infection Control Guidelines are expected soon.

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WHO Core Components for Infection Control

Essential guidelines published last year by the WHO.  There is an excellent brief (2 minute) video review of the components. This is the single page info graphic: Remember also to complete the 10 free Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare … Continue reading

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UPNG May revision M Med sessions – presentations and further references

2nd May 2017 UPNG Infection prevention and control including TB IC Ferguson– presentation The incredible story of Dr Ignaz Semmelweis in Vienna, Austria. Hand Hygiene Australia- education resource page – see the Hand Hygiene Dance from Geneva demonstrate the 5 Moments and ‘Glen’s … Continue reading

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Outbreaks unpacked- recent tutorial material

The online Field Epidemiological Manual is an essential resource.  Here are the 10 steps, and 10 pitfalls list we went through. This is a great survey of the wider topic from a local leading thinker:  Outbreak-insights-looke-2012. EpiInfo is the free CDC software … Continue reading

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Standard precautions (infection control)- what is included?

What is included as part of Standard Precautions? SP protect healthcare staff and patients from infection transmission via Direct or Indirect contact modes. The assumption is made that all blood/body fluids are potentially infectious and PPE measures should be taken … Continue reading

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Antimicrobial resistance: WHY it matters, HOW did it arise and WHAT can we do about it – PNG focus

Global status of AMR with focus on PNG Medical Symposium Sept 2015 Why does AMR matter? Antimicrobial resistance kills- mortality higher for resistant pathogens AMR hampers the control of infectious diseases – prolonged infectivity – eg. MDR-TB AMR increases the … Continue reading

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Room temperature bubble-through water chambers for patient oxygen supply are an infection hazard and do not provide significant humidification!

These commonly used devices are usually contaminated with environmental Gram negative bacteria that like moist environments – eg. Pseudomonas species, Alcaligenes, coliforms and other. These organisms may be multi-resistant.  The physics of humidification show that these room temperature devices do NOT … Continue reading

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