Director of Australian cleaning equipment distributor, Duplex Cleaning Machines, Murray McDonald, says the residential aged care industry is becoming one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia, and with the elderly more susceptible to infection it's essential for facilities to have the highest cleaning standards.
“The costs of a poor cleaning process can lead to facilities and rooms being temporarily closed and the need for additional staff and supplies to be brought in,” he said.
Leading infection control expert, Glenys Harrington, from Infection Control Consultancy (ICC) says staff training and risk management is key to preventing and managing outbreaks in this setting.
“Most outbreak management strategies are simple yet effective, such as effective hand hygiene practices and understanding the importance of using personal protective equipment when necessary. Being aware of these requirements involves continuous training and education within the industry,” she said.
Ms Harrington conducted a simulated, hands on training workshop on Friday 23 March 2012 for residential aged care workers. The workshop discussed common infections seen in this setting, managing residents with multi-resistant organisms, investigating outbreaks and what is new in cleaning and disinfection. Duplex Cleaning Machines were key sponsors for the workshop.
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