Each year we are hearing more stories of large influenza outbreaks at aged care homes, often killing multiple people.
This year is set to be a record-breaking one for influenza: the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System has reported that at present the number of deaths this year related to flu stands at 662, with an average age of 86 years.
Each day across the aged care sector residents are subject to many more Healthcare associated infections (HAIs).
In the wider healthcare space, each year in Australia 180,000 patients suffer healthcare associated infections that prolong hospital stay and consume two million hospital bed days. One Australian state found that the excess costs associated with only 126 surgical site infections was over $5 million.
Aged Care Insite spoke with infectious diseases physician and microbiologist Dr Paul Griffin form the University of Queensland about what we can do to prevent infections in aged care.Do you have an idea for a story?
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