<![CDATA[ Halyard Health RSS]]>umbracoen<![CDATA[ Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines during COVID-19 (CEC, NSW Health)]]>Guidelines published by the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), NSW Health:

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<![CDATA[ New specific claim for ISOWIPE* Bactericidal Wipes]]>From 31st January 2020, only hard surface disinfectant products with a registered specific claim will have ARTG Listed status.

There have been some recent changes to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulation of Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) Registered and Listed Disinfectants. From 16 October 2018:

1. Household/Commercial Grade and Hospital Grade hard surface disinfectants with specific claims are now Listed Therapeutic Goods; and
2. Hospital Grade hard surface disinfectants with no specific claims are exempt from requiring an ARTG entry.

What does this mean for ISOWIPE* Bactericidal Wipes?

ISOWIPE* Bactericidal Wipes meet the criteria for a hard surface disinfectant with a specific claim and therefore continues to maintain its ARTG Listed status with the TGA.

What is the new specific claim for ISOWIPE* Bactericidal Wipes?

The new specific claim is, ISOWIPE* Bactericidal Wipes ‘Kills Fungi (Yeast and Mould)’.

Are there any changes to the ARTG number for ISOWIPE* Bactericidal Wipes?

Yes, the new ARTG Listed number is 329982 which became effective in February 2020. 

Will there be any changes to ISOWIPE* packaging?

There will be a new label with the new specific claim ‘Kills Fungi (Yeast and Mould)’ as well as the new ARTG Listed number 329982. The new label will be on the canisters and the refill packs (product codes 6835, 6836, 6837, 6838). There will be no other changes to the packaging format or dimensions.

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From 31st January 2020, only hard surface disinfectant products with a registered specific claim will have ARTG Listed status.

ISOWIPE* Bactericidal Wipes continue to maintain its ARTG Listed status with the new registered specific claim 'Kills Fungi (Yeast and Mould)'.

<![CDATA[ PPE Donning and Doffing videos]]>Three videos on Donnning and Doffing PPE have been added to the COVID-19 Information and Resources page or access them via the links below:

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<![CDATA[ COVID-19: PPE FAQs updated]]>The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for PPE have been updated, download them here or go to the COVID-19 Information and Resources page.

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<![CDATA[ World Health Organisation (WHO): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Health Workers]]>The World Health Organisation (WHO) provides updates and guidance on COVID-19 for Health workers:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance/health-workers

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<![CDATA[ Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Healthcare Professionals]]>The CDC is the leader in disease control and prevention, and has developed a dedicated website for COVID-19 and guidelines with respect to PPE:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/index.html

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<![CDATA[ COVID-19 Information and Resources]]>Links to external information sources and Halyard PPE educational resources, are available from here:  

https://www.halyardhealth.com.au/coronavirus.aspx.

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<![CDATA[ Australian Government Department of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for the Health and Aged Care sector ]]>For up-to-date and authoritative information and advice on COVID-19 for the health and aged care sector, go to the Australian Government Department of Health website

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<![CDATA[ Are you prepared for a busy flu season and the risk of a pandemic?]]>The Department of Health reports that influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI) activity are high for this time of year in comparison to prior years.

44,160 notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza have already been reported to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) year to date 2019, with the most common respiratory virus being reported as influenza A (93%).1

Predicting when the next pandemic or widespread infectious disease outbreak will occur is difficult. The best strategy for any healthcare facility is to be prepared by stockpiling critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to ensure adequate supply from day one of the outbreak.2

How healthy is your PPE stockpile?

For healthcare facilities, preparing to handle both seasonal and pandemic flu as well as other types of infectious disease outbreaks, it is important to consider what kind of PPE is needed. Protecting patients, hospital staff and visitors requires the availability and appropriate use of a range of PPE including:3

• N95 respirators
• Face masks
• Gowns
• Gloves.

Pandemic Preparedness resources

Halyard has a number of tools to help you this flu season, including our stockpile calculator. Visit our Pandemic Preparedness resources here. 



1. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/
E992F2FDA65E0038CA2583FA001951BD/$File/flu-01-2019.pdf - Accessed 9th May 2019
2. Guidance on preparing workplaces for an influenza pandemic, OSHA, 2009.
3. Milton, et al, PLOS Pathogens, 2013.

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For healthcare facilities, preparing to handle both seasonal and pandemic flu as well as other types of infectious disease outbreaks, it is important to consider what kind of PPE is needed.

<![CDATA[ 40% healthcare workers remove PPE incorrectly]]>01 APRIL 2019 l HOSPITAL AND HEALTHCARE

Nearly 40% of healthcare workers make errors when removing personal protection equipment (PPE), significantly increasing the risk of spreading drug-resistant bacteria, a new study has found.

The research, which was published in the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology journal, showed that more than one-third of healthcare workers were contaminated with multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) after caring for patients colonised or infected with the bacteria.

It also found that 39% of workers made errors in removing PPE, including gowns and gloves, increasing the incidence of contamination.

“Based on these findings, we should re-evaluate strategies for removing personal protective equipment, as well as how often healthcare workers are trained on these methods,” said Dr Koh Okamoto, a lead author of the study.

“An intervention as simple as education about appropriate doffing of personal protective equipment may reduce healthcare worker contamination with multidrug-resistant organisms.”

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center monitored 125 healthcare workers in four adult intensive care units who were caring for patients colonised or infected with an MDRO, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE). Researchers took more than 6000 samples from healthcare workers’ hands, gloves, PPE and other equipment, such as stethoscopes and mobile phones, taking cultures before and after patient interaction.

Additionally, trained observers monitored the technique each worker used to put on and remove their PPE and tracked errors based on guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC suggests two removal methods for PPE — a gloves-first strategy and an approach that removes gown and gloves together. Researchers also tracked a third method of removing the gown first. A significant majority of the healthcare workers had received training on appropriate methods for putting on and removing PPE within the past five years.

After patient contact, 36% of healthcare workers were contaminated with an MDRO. Contamination of healthcare workers’ PPE was more common in settings of higher patient and environmental contamination. After removing their PPE, 10.4% were contaminated on their hands, clothes or equipment.

Healthcare workers who made multiple errors when removing their PPE were more likely to be contaminated after a patient encounter; however, the rate of making errors depended on the PPE removal method, with 72% of workers who used a glove-first removal making multiple errors. Examples of errors included touching the inside of the gown or glove with a gloved hand, touching the outside of the gown or glove with bare hands and not unfastening the gown at the neck.

Given the high rate of hand contamination of those who used the gloves-first strategy, the authors recommend further research and possible reconsideration of this technique, as well as research to examine the impact of improved education for putting on and taking off PPE. Additionally, the authors note several limitations to their work, including the influence of observers on healthcare workers’ practices and the potential that not all contamination was detected.


Read more: http://hospitalhealth.com.au/content/clinical-services/news/40-healthcare-workers-remove-ppe-incorrectly-394330322#ixzz5kqQAAr3a 

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