Using technology reduces workload and enables quality improvement capacity

Kylie Snook 1, Elizabeth Gillespie 2, Louise Wright 3

Monash Health, Berwick, VIC, Australia

2 Monash Health, Clayton, VIC, Australia

3 Monash Health, Dandenong, VIC, Australia

 

Introduction
With the introduction of National Standards, Monash Health has implemented simple electronic programs to assist with monitoring strategies to prevent healthcare associated infection.

Methods
Demonstrating that clinical practice was compliant with infection control guidelines and procedures was previously labour intensive and time consuming. Providing timely feedback for clinical staff using manual systems meant that reports on data results were delayed. The manual process was inefficient and not broadly successful.

Results
In 2016, the Monash Health infection control team conduct risk assessments electronically, clinical staff audit their compliance against procedures electronically and reports are available almost instantly. Action plans to improve practice can be developed and implemented by local teams in response to these reports.

Conclusion
The electronic systems used and their benefits for infection control teams and health services will be explained.

About the College

The ACIPC is the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region. Our stated vision is the prevention and control of infection in our communities. We commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations formerly in AICA (The Australian Infection Control Association) to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia.

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