Infection rates

Bunbury Day Surgery takes every precaution to avoid patient infections and has  implemented numerous infection control procedures.  Patients with wounds, invasive devices (such as drips) and weakened immune systems are at greater risk of acquiring an infection in hospital than the general public. We need to avoid infections because they may cause illness to the patient  resulting in  a longer recovery time.

What are Healthcare Associated Infections?

Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are infections that occur as a result of healthcare interventions and are caused by micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses. They can happen when you are being treated in hospital, at home, in a GP Clinic, a nursing home or any other healthcare facility.

Some infections occur after an invasive procedure such as surgery and can be treated with antibiotics. However there are some infections such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile that are more difficult to treat because they are resistant to certain antibiotics.

The risk of getting these infections depends on how healthy you are, how long you have been in hospital and certain medications that you take (including antibiotics).

 

What is Bunbury Day Surgery doing to prevent infections?

  • Watching, auditing and measuring how often staff wash their hands using soap and water or hand sanitiser.
  • Routine use of gloves and specially sterilised equipment.
  • An Infection Control Nurse will  investigate issues, educate staff and carries out audits to reduce infections.
  • Use of specialised approved disinfectants for cleaning and disinfecting rooms, bathrooms, equipment and shared areas. High level disinfection and sterilisation are used according to national guidelines.
  • Placement of hand sanitiser dispensers  making this readily accessible to staff, patients, families and visitors.
  • If additional precautions are required, staff may wear gloves, gowns, masks and goggles.

Bunbury Day Surgery aims to keep patient stays as short as possible to assist in minimising infections.

Our infection control nurse  collects information from the surgeons on patient infections and this is analysed to identify patterns or trends that may indicate an infection control problem.

We are not aware of any infection issues at Bunbury Day Surgery.

Bunbury Day Surgery has had no reported cases of Clostridium difficile or Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (“Golden Staph”) infections.

How can you help?

Hand washing is the most important way that patients and visitors can prevent the spread of infection in hospital. Waterless hand sanitiser is just as effective as washing with soap and water. Hospital staff will appreciate a reminder from patients or relatives if they forget to wash their hands.

There are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of infection:

  • Wash your hands carefully with soap and water or use hand sanitiser upon entering the hospital
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (or into your elbow if you don’t have one). Clean your hands afterwards – every time!
  • Report any infection you have had, especially if you are still on antibiotics
  • Make sure you take the full course of antibiotics you have been given, even if you are feeling better
  • If you have a dressing or a wound, keep the skin around the dressing clean and dry.
  • Stop smoking before any surgery, as smoking increases the risk of infection.

NHMRC Consumer factsheet:

http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/cd33_infection_control_brochure.pdf