Vanessa L Sparke1, Dr David MacLaren2, Kenny Moutua3, Associate Professor Caryn West 4
1 Discipline of Nursing and Midwifery, James Cook University, PO Box 6811, Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia
2 College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, PO Box 6811, Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia
3 Infection Control Nurse, Atoifi Adventist Hospital, PO Box R145, Ranadi, Solomon Islands
4 Discipline of Nursing and Midwifery, James Cook University, PO Box 6811, Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia
The challenges faced by rural and remote health facilities in implementing infection prevention and control (IP&C) policies and practice are not limited to resource poor countries. Availability of consumables, access to on-line resources, problems of waste disposal, maintenance of equipment, and environmental hazards are some of the challenges shared by health facilities in both well-resourced and resource limited settings. When comparing an IP&C audit from rural and remote Australia with a similar audit from a rural hospital in the Solomon Islands surprising similarities in deficits were observed. What is different however, is the approach used to address these deficits as what works for one country, will not work for another. This presentation highlights the challenges that both settings face in applying essential IP&C standards, and the different approaches required to tackle the problem.