Involving patients in their own care
Medical and healthcare facility patients in Australia should be taught how to help prevent spreading infections, according to a recent report on the Hospital and Healthcare website.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released its Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare – the first update since 2010, says the article.
Professor Anne Kelso AO the CEO of NHMRC, is quoted as saying
“The Guidelines are one of NHMRC’s most frequently requested resources. They are used every day by clinicians in all healthcare environments to help develop protocols and inform policy at the state and territory level.”
The Guidelines encourage medical facilities to “take an organisational approach in involving patients in their own care.”
“This includes teaching patients how to prevent spreading infections in healthcare settings, encouraging them to practise hand hygiene.”
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