Infection Control Standards in Aged Care

Rhonda L Stuart

Monash Infectious Diseases, Monash Health, Clayton Rd Clayton, 3168

Monash University

National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship

rhonda.stuart@monashhealth.org

 

In Australia the number of people aged 85 and over is projected to quadruple from 0.4 to 1.8 million by 2050, and one-third of these will live in residential aged care.

The elderly are at a higher risk of infection and aged care residents develop 1-3 infections per year.  Multiply-resistant organisms (MRO) and C. difficile are recognized important causes of infection in aged care residents.  Antimicrobials account for 40% of prescribed medications in aged care.

Infection control standards in Aged care differ to the acute sector and focus on care and quality in a setting that is the resident’s home. These differences will be discussed in this session as well as the challenges to the achievement of quality in the aged care setting

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