Preventing multi-drug resistance: improving healthcare infection control


17th August 2023


To ensure patient safety and prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), healthcare facilities need to prioritise maintaining a clean and safe environment. In addition to the general infection prevention and control (IPC) measures, it is crucial to address the growing concern of multi-drug resistance (MRO) in healthcare settings. In this article, we will explore how Australian healthcare facilities can enhance their IPC compliance and specifically focus on preventing MDR. By prioritising these measures, both patients and hospitals can mitigate the costs associated with HAIs and promote a safer healthcare environment.

Audit high-traffic areas and high-touch points for IPC

Shared patient equipment, high traffic, and high-touch points are potential sources of infection transmission, including MROs. Therefore, it is essential to pinpoint areas for improvement and focus on:

  • Accessibility to cleaning products and disinfectants
  • Adequate placement of dispensers
  • Availability of appropriate products
  • Efficient workflow

Improving access and decontamination workflow

Improving access to cleaning products and streamlining the decontamination workflow are crucial for IPC in healthcare. Timely access to decontamination products enables healthcare workers to effectively clean and disinfect surfaces and equipment, reducing the risk of infections at the point of care. Moreover, convenient access promotes adherence to infection control protocols, leading to a decrease in HAIs. Regular audits focusing on accessibility and workflow can help evaluate the placement of cleaning products, while strategically reconfiguring dispenser placement can significantly enhance their accessibility. These measures, aligned with IPC guidelines, ensure the maintenance of high cleanliness standards and effectively reduce the risk of HAIs, including those caused by MRO pathogens.

Strengthening compliance and patient safety

Easy access to effective cleaning products contributes to the implementation of effective IPC practices, aligning with standards such as the Australian Guidelines for IPC, NSQHS Standard, and AS/NZ:4187 Standard. Effective decontamination practices, which include using appropriate disinfectants and ensuring proper contact times, demonstrate a hospital’s commitment to patient safety and infection prevention. This strengthens the accreditation process and reinforces the hospital’s dedication to preventing HAIs.

Mitigating infection transmission and enhancing patient safety

Optimising dispenser placement and improving product accessibility not only streamlines workflow efficiency but also contributes to mitigating the risk of pathogen transmission. By adhering to best practices in infection prevention, hospitals create a cleaner and safer environment, reducing the likelihood of healthcare-associated infections. These efforts not only safeguard patients but also instil confidence in the community, reinforcing the hospital’s reputation as a safe and reliable healthcare provider.

Working together for a safer healthcare environment

Ensuring compliance and preventing the emergence and spread of infections in healthcare facilities requires collective efforts. By conducting Clinell Dispenser Audits and implementing tailored recommendations, hospitals can improve their compliance and reduce the risk of HAIs. Together, let’s work towards creating a safer healthcare environment for all.

To schedule your Clinell Dispenser Audit for your hospital and receive personalised recommendations to reduce HAIs and improve compliance, please contact us today using this form.

Our dedicated team is ready to assist you in promoting effective IPC practices.

Note: This opportunity is exclusively available to hospitals in Australia and will be contingent upon our scheduling availability.



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