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


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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