Infection Control Resources
Why antimicrobial resistance matters in aged care
The AURA 2021 report is out. What does it mean for antimicrobial resistance in aged care, and how can you improve AMS in your facility?
Happy hands: hand care for healthcare workers
Proper hand care is crucial to maintaining strong infection control. Are you moisturising regularly? Are your hands happy hands?
Being COVID ready is all in the planning
Being COVID ready is no accident. See how your facility can be ready and improve infection control and standards compliance in the process.
Transmission-based Precautions #3: Airborne precautions
Airborne precautions are the most involved transmission-based precautions. But when should you use these infection control precautions?
4 easy steps to improve hand hygiene in your facility
Looking to improve hand hygiene in your facility? Here are four easy tips to improve your hand hygiene and standard precautions compliance.
Hand Hygiene Compliance
Hand hygiene compliance is crucial. The Five Moments of Hand Hygiene might be relatively new but they've made a big difference in AU and NZ.
The standing hoist that time forgot
Think your facility is clean? So did they, until their standing hoist dobbed them in. Could this blog have been written about your workplace?
Transmission-based precautions #2: droplet precautions
Part two in our series on transmission-based precautions is droplet precautions. When should they be applied, and why are they important?
Getting the most out of your free IPC audit checklist
Want to get the most out of your Bug Control free IPC audit checklist? Here are some things to consider while completing your self-audit.
RSV in the older adult
RSV outbreaks have emerged in New Zealand on the heels of COVID-19. But what is RSV, and how does RSV in older adults present?
Common infections in aged care facilities
Infection control is crucial in aged care, but what are the most common infections, and how can we prevent them?
Environmental cleaning in aged care: it’s the little things
Environmental cleaning in aged care is certainly necessary, but is it simple? Bug Control discuss some tips to help improve your processes.
Identifying infection hazards in aged care
Identifying infection hazards in aged care can be difficult. Bug Control walk you through some of the easiest areas for improvement.
Tuberculosis in New Zealand
Tuberculosis in Australia might not be an immediate concern but there is still work to be done. Find out where we go from here.
Staph and MRSA infection: an overview
Staph and MRSA spread so easily in aged care facilities, and they can be devastating. What can your facility staff be doing better to prevent staph spread?
Bedpan management in aged care
Did you know that bedpan management is a crucial part of aged care infection prevention and control? Is your facility doing enough to reduce bedpan-associated risks?
Consumer engagement in infection prevention and control
Consumer engagement has been vital in the global fight against Covid. But it should also be a vital part of your facility's infection prevention and control plan.
CAUTIs and hand hygiene in aged care
Catheter-associated urinary tract infections are a huge problem in aged care. Find out the link between CAUTIs and hand hygiene, and how you can reduce the risks.
Legionnaires’ disease? you might ask. It’s uncommon, yes, but it can be severe, and sometimes life-threatening. Legionnaires’ disease is a reminder of the importance of vigilance and preventative maintenance in aged care facilities.
What is the most hygienic way to dry your hands?
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, residential care facilities have focused on reducing infection transmission risks. This has included a strong focus on hand hygiene...
Flu vaccines in aged care: why are they important?
We all know it’s time for flu vaccines in aged care: flu season is on us for 2021.
Vaccine storage for the 2021 flu season
If you haven’t started looking for vaccination information, now is the time. As you are all aware, the influenza season is just around the corner. Many facilities will be ordering influenza vaccines and organising vaccine programs for residents and staff alike.
April 2021 NZ Influenza Vaccine Update
The 2021 influenza vaccination programme has begun. What do you need to know about this year's flu vaccine especially with the simultaneous COVID-19 vaccine rollout?
Influenza season is approaching—how ready are you?
While the 2020 flu season was eclipsed by COVID, now is not the time to become complacent. As people begin moving freely around the country once more, influenza should be at the front of every healthcare worker's mind. In this blog post, Carolyn Tranter lets you know how you can make sure your aged care facility is ready for the 2021 flu season.
Infection Control Audits: How do they help?
The process of using and undertaking regular meaningful infection control audits can ensure care recipient safety and improve the quality of care they receive.
Cleaning computers and mobile devices in aged care: a must
The idea of cleaning computers and mobile devices is a relatively new one. Not all that long ago, aged care facilities relied on pen and paper for reporting, assessing, checking and monitoring information.
Preventing skin sensitivity from wearing masks
Preventing skin sensitivity caused by wearing masks has been a huge topic during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Infection Control Surveillance: 2020 reflections
Infection control surveillance is the intentional and methodical documentation of infection occurrence within a facility, reviewed and reported back to the clinical team and management.
5 Christmas Infection Control Tips for RACFs
Christmas Infection Control might not be at the top of your wishlist this Christmas, but it’s important. As another major holiday period approaches, both residents, their families and RACF staff should think about infection prevention.
Risk Assessments in Aged Care
Risk assessments are an important part of keeping ourselves and other safe. This means at home and in the workplace, especially if you work in healthcare.
Two checklists so you can be prepared and manage a COVID-19 outbreak
A COVID outbreak is damaging to your facility. Don't let it happen to yours. Make sure your facility is in the best possible shape to fight COVID-19.