Category Archives: Infection prev & control

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? Essentially SP are a base level contact precaution model – preventing transmission by Direct or Indirect contact modes. The assumption is also made that all blood/body fluids are potentially infectious and measures … 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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Tuberculosis infection control – an essential priority

Control of healthcare TB transmission is an essential element of practice – protecting staff and other patients is paramount. Patients receiving drug therapy for drug susceptible TB are at increased risk for acquisition of MDR or XDR TB. WHO policy on … Continue reading

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Joint Infectious Diseases Symposium at the IOM, Nepal 5th Dec 2/14

TUTH IOM symposium 5Dec2014b Please find selected abstracts of this important meeting which highlighted the collaboration between the Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal and the National Center for Global Health and Medicine , Tokyo, Japan.

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Human-to-Human Transmission of Ebola Virus- what’s the real evidence?

This short, excellent review from Centers for Disease Control, USA is worth reading in full! “During the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of Congo, 80 (25%) of the 315 case-patients were healthcare personnel, and all of the healthcare … Continue reading

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