The following Clinical Care Standards and supporting documents are available to order as printed stock. Supply is limited and items are available to order for a short time only.
Quality statement 8
A patient having surgery or a procedure is prescribed antimicrobial prophylaxis in accordance with the current Therapeutic Guidelines or evidence-based, locally endorsed guidelines. This includes recommendations about the need for prophylaxis, choice of antimicrobial, dose, route and timing of administration, and duration.
Quality statement 7
A patient prescribed an antimicrobial has regular clinical review of their therapy, with the frequency of review dependent on patient acuity and risk factors. The need for ongoing antimicrobial use, appropriate microbial spectrum of activity, dose, frequency and route of administration are assessed and adjusted accordingly. Investigation results are reviewed promptly when they are reported.
Quality statement 6
When a patient is prescribed an antimicrobial, the indication, active ingredient, dose, frequency and route of administration, and the intended duration or review plan are documented in the patient’s healthcare record.
Quality statement 5
A patient with an infection, or at risk of an infection, is provided with information about their condition and treatment options in a way that they can understand. If antimicrobials are prescribed, information on how to use them, when to stop, potential side effects and a review plan is discussed with the patient.
Quality statement 4
A patient with a suspected infection has appropriate samples taken for microbiology testing as clinically indicated, preferably before starting antimicrobial therapy.
Quality statement 3
When an adverse reaction (including an allergy) to an antimicrobial is reported by a patient or recorded in their healthcare record, the active ingredient(s), date, nature and severity of the reaction are assessed and documented. This enables the most appropriate antimicrobial to be used when required.
Quality statement 2
When a patient is prescribed an antimicrobial, this is done in accordance with the current Therapeutic Guidelines or evidence-based, locally endorsed guidelines and the antimicrobial formulary.
Quality statement 1
A patient with a life-threatening condition due to a suspected infection receives an appropriate antimicrobial immediately, without waiting for the results of investigations.
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard includes eight quality statements describing the key components of care that patients can expect when they have, or are suspected of having, an infection.
Information for clinicians about the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard.
The Commission has developed information about assessment to the NSQHS Standards and resources to support implementation of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard.
Indicators have been developed to support monitoring of the care recommended in the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard. Clinicians and health service organisations can use the indicators to support local quality improvement activities.
Learn more about the 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard in these videos of a webinar conducted in collaboration with The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA).
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard contains eight quality statements that describe the care that patients should received when they have an infection, or are at risk of an infection. Learn what the standard means for consumers and the other Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard resources available.
Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction, and is potentially life threatening if not treated immediately. The recognition of acute anaphylaxis and the provision of appropriate treatment and follow-up care are essential for improved outcomes.
The Commission is developing a Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard to provide guidance to clinicians and health service organisations when investigating and managing low back pain.
The Commission conducted a number of webinars for nurses, colonoscopists, GPs and quality managers from August to October 2020. The purpose of the webinars was to promote the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard and the implementation resources developed by the Commission.
The webinar recordings can be viewed below.
The Acute Coronary Syndromes Clinical Care Standard includes six quality statements describing the care that a patient with acute coronary syndrome should be offered.
Quality Statement 3
A patient with an acute ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), for whom emergency reperfusion is clinically appropriate, is offered timely percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or fibrinolysis in accordance with the time frames recommended in the current National Heart Foundation of Australia/Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand guidelines for the management of acute coronary syndromes. In general, primary PCI is recommended if the time from first medical contact to balloon inflation is anticipated to be less than 90 minutes; otherwise, the patient is offered fibrinolysis.