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New Zealanders urged to go easy on their use of antibiotics

17 Nov 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

The Health Quality & Safety Commission has joined Australia, the United States, Canada and countries throughout Europe to highlight the problem of antimicrobial resistance and the need for responsible use of antibiotics.

Wanganui Hospital CLAB free for 1030 days

12 Nov 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

Wanganui Hospital’s Critical Care Unit’s focus on prevention of central line associated bacteria (CLAB) and rigorous hygiene, has resulted in picc lines, central lines and portocaths being free of bacteria for 1030 days in a row.

Antibiotic Awareness Week 2014

7 Nov 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

During International Antibiotic Awareness Week (17-23 November 2014) the Health Quality & Safety Commission is joining colleagues in Australia, the UK, Canada, the US and European countries in raising awareness of the global threat of antimicrobial resist

Everyone has a part to play in infection prevention and control

21 Oct 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

International Infection Prevention Week, October 20-26, is a reminder that infection prevention and control is everyone’s business and responsibility – whether you are a patient, family member or health care professional, says the Health Quality & Safety

West Coast leads Australasia in systemic fight against infections

8 Aug 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

In a first for Australasia, the West Coast District Health Board (DHB) is using software in both its hospitals and general practices that could help identify any superbug outbreaks and will track resistance to antibiotics.

Hand Hygiene New Zealand quality improvement workshop

12 Jun 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

Front-line ownership of quality improvement initiatives, innovation, and sustainability are some of the key topics that will be addressed at the Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ) quality improvement workshop in Wellington on 12 and 13 June 2014.

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World Hand Hygiene Day - 5 May

5 May 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

No action today; no cure tomorrow! Support the World Health Organization’s global 5 May ‘call to action’ and highlight the important role that hand hygiene plays in preventing the spread of antimicrobial resistant germs.

Hand hygiene knowledge and perceptions survey

25 Feb 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

Hand Hygiene New Zealand is running a quick online survey for DHB health care workers, to better understand the attitudes and perceptions that exist out hand hygiene.

Surgical skin antisepsis

24 Feb 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

Surgical skin antisepsis is one of the key interventions of the Commission’s national Surgical Site Infection Improvement (SSII) Programme, led by Auckland and Canterbury DHBs.

Surgical site infection webinar series

11 Nov 2013, Infection Prevention & Control

The second in a series of webinars on reducing surgical site infections (SSIs) is being held on Wednesday 20 November 2013.

Hand Hygiene New Zealand moves into year three

2 Oct 2013, Infection Prevention & Control

Hand Hygiene New Zealand will continue for a third year thanks to a newly extended partnership with the Health Quality & Safety Commission.