Infection prevention quality indicators in aged care: ready for a national approach
NJ Bennett, JM Bradford, AL Bull, LJ Worth
AUSTRALIAN HEALTH REVIEW | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2019
Accreditation standards for Australian aged care homes include the requirement for programs to ensure infections are controlled. Effective infection prevention programs are supported by surveillance data providing the impetus for quality improvement and facilitating evaluation of interventions at the facility level. In 2016, infection control professionals employed in Victorian public-sector residential aged care services were surveyed to examine the nature and resourcing of local infection prevention programs and monitoring activities. Overall, 164 services participated (90% response rate). A high proportion (84%) reported executive support for infection surveillance, with mean allocation o..View full abstract
The authors acknowledge the involvement of the Victorian public sector residential aged care services surveyed. The Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System Coordinating Centre is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship is supported by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). Neither the Victorian State Government nor ACSQHC controlled or influenced the decision to submit this manuscript for publication.