Fighting Infection with Fast Facts Sheets: improving access to evidence-based Infection Prevention and Control education for time-poor Residential Care Assistants

Ms Marcia Ingles1

1Anglican Care, Booragul, Australia

 

Introduction

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) is a massive task.  Residents have multiple co-morbidities, hospital admissions, and live in close proximity to each other, decreasing the ability of staff to isolate potential infection.  These conditions are ideal for the spread of infection. Residential Care Assistants must be able to recognise the potential for cross-infection. However, experience, understanding, skills, time, and staffing impact on an assistant’s ability to prevent the spread of infection. For these reasons, Clinical Nurse Educators (CNEs) must be proactive in developing interesting, innovative and relevant education for employees.

Methods

Fast Facts Sheets were developed by the IPC Nurse/CNE for Anglican Care, as a way of delivering education to approximately 550 staff across nine facilities.  The fact sheets have been contextualised to suit the learning needs of Care Assistants with regard to hand hygiene, PPE, notifiable diseases, and multi-resistant organisms.  They were introduced in January 2018 as part of a multimodal approach strategy, after initial IPC education records reflected poor uptake by staff.

Results

The Fast Facts Sheets were well received by staff.   Education records were compared 6 months apart, with results reflecting an overall improvement in the percentage of staff accessing IPC education.

Conclusion

Introduction of Fast Facts Sheets has improved the ease with which the IPC Nurse/CNE can deliver IPC education to multiple facilities, thereby increasing access to evidence-based education for all care employees of Anglican Care.


Biography:

Marcia Ingles is a Clinical Nurse Educator and Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Liaison for Anglican Care.  Working in dual roles allows Marcia to combine her love of clinical education with her passion for Infection Prevention and Control.  As a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Sepsis Lead  in Emergency at Belmont Hospital, Marcia has worked passionately to raise awareness of sepsis among clinical staff.  In 2016, Marcia’s project work was recognised internationally, when she received both the Ko Awatea Award for Sustained Quality Improvement, and the Global Sepsis Alliance Award for Individual Achievement in raising sepsis awareness.  Marcia subsequently presented posters of the project at both the APAC forum in Sydney, and the International Sepsis Forum in Paris. Marcia is also a Clinical Facilitator for the University of Newcastle, and has recently completed the Foundational Clinical Leadership Program through Hunter New England Local Health District.

About the College

The ACIPC is the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region. Our stated vision is the prevention and control of infection in our communities. We commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations formerly in AICA (The Australian Infection Control Association) to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia.

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