Action 3.06 states

The health service organisation has processes to apply standard and transmission-based precautions that are consistent with the current edition of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare, jurisdictional requirements, and relevant jurisdictional laws and policies, including work health and safety laws

Intent

The risk of infection to patients, the workforce and visitors is minimised by the routine application of infection prevention and control strategies that include standard and transmission-based precautions.

Reflective questions

  • How does the organisation ensure that its standard and transmission-based precautions are consistent with the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare?
  • How does the organisation apply the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare in all environments where care is provided?
  • How does the organisation ensure that its workforce (including contractors) is implementing standard and transmission-based precautions appropriately and consistent with local policies and the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare?

Examples of evidence

  • Organisation policy documents about standard and transmission-based precautions that are consistent with the current edition of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare
  • Training documents (for example, syllabus, attendance records, competency assessments) relating to standard and transmission-based precautions
  • Audit results of workforce compliance with standard and transmission-based precautions, hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment
  • Examples of improvement activities that have been implemented and evaluated to raise awareness and improve compliance with standard and transmission-based precautions
  • Committee and meeting records in which compliance with, and incidents relating to, standard and transmission-based precautions were discussed
  • Observation of infection control signage and other information resources consistent with the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare
  • Competency training documents for aseptic technique and assessing compliance with aseptic technique policies and procedures
  • Use of the organisation’s incident management and investigation system to identify and improve safety and quality activities

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