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Description

Infection Prevention and Control is about guiding, supporting and monitoring personnel who provide care for patients/clients/residents on how to prevent healthcare-associated infection.

It is also about ensuring that the health system’s infrastructure caters for safe care for patients.

Infection Prevention and Control is mainly about the prevention and/or control of healthcare-associated infection, for example urinary tract or surgical wound infection. Also, we advise staff and family members on how to manage patients with a condition that could be spread to others e.g. tuberculosis or multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

In general, Infection Prevention and Control personnel are mainly involved with: 

  • writing policies and procedures on infection control associated practices e.g. hand hygiene 
  • educating staff on how to prevent the spread of infection e.g. following an aseptic technique when doing an invasive procedure, cleaning and disinfection of equipment 
  • monitoring and/or measuring the presence of infection/colonisation in the inpatient population e.g. tracking the occurrence of multidrug-resistant organisms (MROs) 
  • ensuring that there are systems and processes in place that facilitate safe practices by staff all the time

  • provision of advice and support to staff and organisation e.g. when purchasing new equipment or planning new procedures, building a new facility or making changes to an existing facility.

Unlike our medical colleagues who work in Infectious Diseases, we do not diagnose, treat or manage the clinical care of patients with infectious conditions. However, we provide advice and education, when requested to do so, to individual patients and families while they are in hospital, when they have questions regarding infection control; this is usually arranged through the nursing staff.

Definitions

Infection: means there is evidence of an individual’s response to an organism (germ), i.e. the individual would have observable signs and/or symptoms associated with infection.

Colonisation: means the presence of an organism without any observable signs and/or symptoms of infection.

Healthcare associated infection/colonisation: sometimes also called nosocomial, iatrogenic or hospital acquired infection. All these terms indicate that the person did not have or was not developing the condition on admission to the healthcare environment.

Community associated infection/colonisation: this term indicates the person did have or was developing the condition on admission to the healthcare environment.

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Referral Expectations

Infection Prevention and Control does not accept referrals. Issues or concerns associated with infection control should be addressed directly with the staff in the ward or service where the patient is receiving care.

The Infection Prevention and Control team does not provide advice or visit patients after discharge. Patients should go to their GP or emergency care services if they have any concerns after they have left the hospital.

Useful links

Ministry of Health-Health Topics A-Z
Auckland Regional Public Health Services
Ministry of Health-Health Education

Contact Details

Middlemore Hospital

South Auckland

Patient Enquiries (09) 276 5004 
Information or Visiting Hours (09) 270 4799
 
Outpatient appointments & surgical booking enquiries:
Ph (09) 277 1660 | Fax (09) 277 1600
Email: Customerservice@middlemore.co.nz

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 276 0000

Middlemore Hospital
Hospital Road
Otahuhu
Auckland

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Middlemore Hospital
Hospital Road
Otahuhu
Auckland

Postal Address

Private Bag 93311
Otahuhu
Auckland 1640
New Zealand

This page was last updated at 12:34PM on September 9, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Counties Manukau Health Infection Prevention and Control.