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Infection control in aged care in focus

Education is key to ensuring aged care facilities stay on top of the latest infection control cleaning processes, experts say.

Aged care procurement and facility managers are being encouraged to access cutting-edge infection control practice when experts share current evidence at a Melbourne event next month.

“With evolving technology and innovation in the cleaning and hygiene sector, education is the key to aged care facilities finding solutions to combat the spread of infections and protect aged care residents,” said Kim Taranto, manager of ISSA Oceania, a global association for the cleaning industry.

As Australian Ageing Agenda previously reported, experts argue that aged care executives need to be involved in infection control as facility design and materials play a part in controlling the spread of infection (read story here).

The ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo Australia 2017, which takes place on 9 and 10 May, includes a program of free education sessions where aged care professionals can hear from experts in the field.

“The critical importance of infection control audits in healthcare settings is among the topics to be discussed at the event,” said Ms Taranto.

Louise Wright, expert in infection control and epidemology at Monash Health, will discuss how aged care facilities can look for the right signals when conducting infection control audits, how to keep audits simple and how to ensure they use top healthcare cleaning products.

Seminars are free but there is a cost for certification workshops, the conference organisers said.

The ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo takes place 9-10 May at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

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