Healthcare associated infections are the most common complication affecting patients in hospitals. Each year, around 200,000 healthcare associated infections are contracted by patients in Australia.[i]
At least half of healthcare associated infections are preventable. Successful infection control to minimise the risk of transmission requires a range of strategies across all levels of the healthcare system and a collaborative approach for successful implementation.
Oxford Day Surgery has an effective day surgery-wide program for the surveillance, prevention and control of infection. This includes written policies and processes, regular audits and education.
Oxford day surgery seeks advice and guidance from Hands-On Infection Control, an independent infection prevention and control consultancy to ensure adherence with current national, state and local standards, guidelines, codes of practice and legislation.
Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections is Standard 3 of The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS). The aim of this Standard is to reduce the number of patients acquiring preventable healthcare associated infections and to effectively manage infections when they occur using evidence-based strategies. Oxford Day Surgery has successfully passed the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards Accreditation for 2013-2016.
[i] National Health and Medical Research Council. Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare. Canberra: