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INFECTION CONTROL. FOR VOLUNTEERS. Jodie Burr Infection Control Coordinator Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Infection Control Unit. 24 hour infection control service during office hours page 18041 after hours ring 9 for infectious diseases, consultant on call.

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infection control



Jodie Burr

Infection Control Coordinator

Women’s and Children’s Hospital

infection control unit
Infection Control Unit
  • 24 hour infection control service
    • during office hours page 18041
    • after hours ring 9 for infectious diseases, consultant on call.
  • Infection Control Team meet weekly, concerns, enquiry's, issues can be discussed.

Primary Role of Infection Control

  • Prevent nosocomial infections
  • Reduce mortality, morbidity, and cost
  • Educate and advise
    • staff
    • patients
    • their families
    • the community
  • Surveillance of nosocomial infections
  • Policy development, implementation and assessment
nosocomial infections
Nosocomial Infections
    • An infection occurring in a patient in whom it was not present or incubating at the time of admission.

Essentially, an infection the patient acquired from being hospitalized

infection control precautions
Infection Control Precautions
  • Infection control precautions need to be adhered to by everybody, especially those who come into contact with one or more patients.
  • This will aid in stopping the spread of nosocomial infections.
hand hygiene
Hand hygiene
  • Single most effective method in the prevention of disease transmission
  • 80% of hospital acquired infections are thought to be transmitted by hands
  • Wash hands thoroughly if you come into contact with a patient and/or bodily fluids
  • Cover all cuts and grazes
hand hygiene7
Hand Hygiene
  • Wear gloves where appropriate and wash hands once gloves are removed
  • Wash hands before and after meal and toilet breaks
  • Soap and water - 15 secs
  • Alcohol hand gels
are you unwell
Are you unwell?
  • Please do not come into hospital to visit or work when you feel or know you are unwell
  • Infectious diseases may be spread from you to patients or patients to you
  • Call your supervisor if you

are unsure as to whether

to come to work

your health
Your health
  • It is important to know your health and immunization history
    • chicken pox?
    • measles?
    • flu vaccination?
  • For vaccinations contact ICGP or Risk Management
entering rooms
Entering Rooms
  • Patients may be isolated within hospital rooms due to their illness or infectious state
  • Please take note of signs and if unsure ask a nurse if you should enter
  • Remember to wash your hands

when leaving the room


Respiratory Syncitial Virus

  • Highly contagious and nosocomial infection common
  • Causes upper and lower respiratory infection
  • Usually occurs during winter
  • No vaccine at present
  • Can be reinfected during the same season
  • Transmitted by contact or droplet
  • Can survive for several hours in the environment


  • Highly contagious and nosocomial infection is common
  • Usually a winter disease but pattern changing
  • Onset is sudden and lasts for 4 - 6 days
  • Mainly infants and children up to 3 years affected
  • Transmitted usually through contact
  • Can survive in environment for several hours

Varicella Zoster VirusChicken Pox

  • Highly contagious
  • Most cases in children, over 90% of adult population is immune
  • Transmitted by droplet and contact
  • Infectious 2 days prior and 4 - 6 days after rash
  • Now a notifiable disease
  • Vaccination now available