PDH Maintains Safe Infection Control Record

Thursday, 20 March 2014
Portland District Health is maintaining its top safety record with another infection-free period.

The latest Infections in Hospital report featured on the www.myhospitals.gov.au website confirmed that PDH had no Staphylococcus aureus infections during 2012-13.

PDH Infection Control Nurse Loren Drought said the result was good news for the Portland community and continued the health service’s excellent safety record.

It indicates that our infection control practices are being adhered to and are working well, Ms Drought said.

There were 10,404 days of patient care at the hospital during the surveillance period.

Staphylococcus aureus is a type of bacteria that can cause serious illness, especially if it infects the bloodstream of a patient. Some of these infections are acquired while receiving care from hospitals and other healthcare services. Hospitals aim to have as few cases of these healthcare-associated infections as possible.

The last case of healthcare-related Golden Staph infection reported at PDH was in 2007.

Ms Drought said the results confirmed that safe practices were being followed at PDH. The ongoing excellent results in infection control will give the local community confidence in using our services,she added.

For the most recent hand hygiene audit, PDH recorded a score of 87.6 per cent, well above the national benchmark of 79.9 per cent.

Ms Drought said this excellent result was another strong indicator of the safe environment for patients, staff and visitors at PDH.

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