The observance and practice of an Infection Control program is a responsibility shared by Management and staff at Adelaide Eye & Laser Centre.
Effective infection control methods applied in our Day Hospital and Consulting rooms are assured by:
- Compliance with relevant Australian Standards - AS/NZS 4187-2003 Cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing reusable medical and surgical equipment, and maintenance of associated environments in health care facilities.
- Compliance with Acorn Standards - Standards for Perioperative Nursing 2014-2015
- Compliance with Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare – National Health and Medical Research Council 2010.
- A staff education program - All new clinical staff must attend specific infection control orientation education and regular infection control education programs and updates.
- Policies & Procedures to ensure staff awareness.
- Conscientious hygiene, including appropriate hand hygiene (routine, aseptic, surgical) (training through Hand Hygiene Australia) and regular cleaning of work areas, equipment and instruments.
- Single use or disposable items are discarded immediately after use in clearly labeled designated disposal containers and are collected by a service provider that meets Environment Protection Association guidelines.
- Sterilising equipment undergoes regular maintenance in accordance with standards.
- Support for work health and safety policies and practices, including:
- Vaccination against infections which are a potential risk in the health care setting.
- Ongoing quality management and quality improvement activities.
Data can be provided on request regarding infection control results.