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Infection Control Prevention Strategies
Monash House Private Hospital is a quality management facility that is committed to ongoing quality improvements in the delivery of safe healthcare and the prevention of identified risks.
Risk identification and management, auditing, quality improvement activities and partnering with consumers are the key processes utilized that allows us to capture the essential information required to implement the necessary changes.
“The 5 moments of hand hygiene” are employed at MHPH in accordance with Hand Hygiene Australia are:
- Before touching a patient
- After touching a patient
- Before a procedure
- After a procedure
- After touching a patient's surroundings
It is mandatory that staff at MHPH complete the online Hand Hygiene certification annually and compliance rate is benchmarked against national compliance rates.
Patients and visitors are encouraged to also perform hand hygiene frequently. You will find hand rub available in high traffic areas throughout the hospital.
This will help us reduce cross-contamination and keep infection risks down.
Based on clinical staff employed at Monash House Private Hospital compared to national compliance. Reference Hand Hygiene Australia 2020
Additional strategies have been implemented at MHPH in response to COVID-19 in line with recommendations from both Federal and State health authority regulations. This includes:
- Increased screening measures commencing during the pre-admission stage
- Having a screening clerk at hospital entrance conducting temperature checks, surveying and documenting all people coming in to the hospital for traceability if required
- Social distancing and signage
- Development of policies and procedures and action plans
- Mandatory COVID-19 education for all staff
- Increase in PPE
- Access to alcohol-based hand rub
- Daily COVID-19 bulletin to keep staff informed of infection status