Standard Precautions for Infection Control

Struggling to guarantee compliance with standard precautions for infection control in your facility? At Bug Control, we enact our standard precautions for infection prevention and control, with expertise in all elements of transmission-based precautions and recognition of current standards.

Whether for a comprehensive understanding of personal protective equipment (PPE), how to perform hand hygiene and cough etiquette, prevention and control practices for exposure to blood/ body fluids, and more, our team is equipped to assist those working in your facility.

Infection Control NZ Standard Precautions

We maintain a complete recognition of infection control NZ standard precautions. Infection control procedures in aged care are essential at all times, helping to prevent the transmission of infections, should they occur.

Standard Precautions in New Zealand are composed of the following key elements:

  • Hand hygiene – hand hygiene has to be enacted before and after each direct patient care tasks, or when hands have become contaminated, including before and after the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and after waste handling and equipment decontamination.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) – Use appropriate PPE before enacting health care activities/ after identifying risk of exposure to body fluids or contamination. This means, for example, that you should wear gloves for hand hygiene if hands may be in contact with body fluids, and wear a mask/ goggle/ face shields should infection droplets or splashes be likely to get near your face, as minimum infection prevention control precautions.
  • Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette – respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette regards covering coughs and sneezes with tissue, which is then placed into a bin and followed by the need to perform hand hygiene or coughing into the crook of your elbow.
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  • Safe injection practices alongside disposal of needles and other sharps.
  • Aseptic ‘non-touch’ technique – required for invasive procedures, including the appropriate use of skin antisepsis.
  • Patient care equipment – protecting against the spread of infection, by cleaning, disinfecting and reprocessing reusable equipment between patients.
  • The appropriate cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, in addition to performing hand hygiene.
  • Safe waste management
  • Safe handling of linen

Maintaining the Compliance of Your Facility.

Compliance with the Ngā Paerewa Health and Disability Services Standard NZS 8134:2021 for your facility is a vital factor in disease control and prevention, reducing the risk of transmission, whether unsuspected, suspected or confirmed infection is present. Get ahead of change by partnering with our team at Bug Control for consistent awareness of the latest policies.

Our approach to Infection Prevention training and workforce compliance is aligned with the demands of the workplace and designed to be information-rich, technologically innovative, and easily navigated, leaving IP Leads with certification to empower them to meet Aged Care Quality Standards.

Our technological innovation extends into IP Surveillance with a groundbreaking mobile application for managing known or suspected transmission of infection, developed in partnership with IPAC Canada. Available on iOS and Android, the surveillance tool is the impetus for significant quality improvement, with information live stream functionality to notify of infection symptoms and infections.

Education and Training

With the latest policies and procedures consistently updated for your team, you can rest assured that your processes are up to standard. Whether for the appropriate approach to infectious agents from blood and body fluids, coughing or sneezing, safe use and disposal of sharps to prevent transmission, droplet or airborne transmission, contact with respiratory secretions etc, we have you covered.

Additionally, save time and money training your team with our eManuals, delivering comprehensive information and evidence-based practice for the appropriate management of your facilities and the infectious agent. Ensure your IP healthcare plan is robust with a subscription to our services at Bug Control.

Get Ahead of Change

The Standards are changing. The Ngā Paerewa Health and Disability Services standard (NZS 8134:2021) was enforceable as of February 2022. The standard requires aged residential care facilities to house eleven areas of relevant documented policies/ procedures which consider infection prevention (IP) and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS).

Section 5 includes multiple significant changes, such as the requirement for documented policies for IP and AMS, waste, surveillance, cleaning and laundry operations, that are instructed to reflect best practice requirements. These result in better care for facility residents and improved reporting.

Your facility must have new policies and documentation.

Are your current infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship processes compliant with these Standards?

Do you have the necessary time to review, rewrite, and redraft policy? If not, that’s okay – you’ve found the answer in our team at Bug Control.


What Has Changed in the New Zealand Standard?

The Ministry of Health and Standards New Zealand has worked with the sector to review health and disability services standards. Over 300 individuals/ organisations have had direct involvement in updating the standard, impacting facilities and care providers in the health and disability sector.

These standards have been reviewed and combined into the New Zealand Standard NZS 8134:2021:

  • Health and Disability Services Standards (NZS 8134:2008)
  • Fertility Services Standard (NZS 8181:2007)
  • Home and Community Sector Standards (NZS 8158:2012)
  • Interim Standards for NZ Abortion Services.

Locating the latest best practices needs to be more accessible.

Our eManual has prepared over 1000 facilities in New Zealand & Australia with the latest infection control and prevention procedures.

Many industry leaders utilise our services to ensure compliance with new aged care quality standards and their requirements. We offer peace of mind with evidence-based policies and procedures using best practices from Australia and New Zealand. You’re in safe, reliable hands.

Valuable Policies and Procedures

Our manual will make you ready for anything. You’ll have all policies and procedures necessary and ready to go, so you can focus on giving the best care possible. Complying with the Ministry of Health NZ guidelines for Standard Precautions will help you meet infection prevention and control obligations.

Introducing Our New NZ IPC eManual.

Our 2022 Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship Policy and Procedure Manual was reviewed and revised so that it fully integrates NZS 8134:2021.

Bug Control is your one-stop shop for Section 5 compliance. Section 5 compliance includes:

  • 5.1 Mana Whakahaere Governance
  • 5.4 Te āta tirotiromō te pokenga e pā ana ki te tiakanga hauora (HAI)
  • Surveillance of healthcare-associated infection (HAI)
  • 5.2 Te hōtakakaupare pokenga me te whakatinanatanga
  • The infection prevention programme and implementation
  • 5.5 Taiao
  • Environment (waste, cleaning and laundry)
  • 5.3 Hōtaka kaitiaki patuhuakita (AMS) me te whakatinanatanga Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programme and implementation, and so much more.

Written specifically for ARC facilities, the Bug Control Infection Prevention Manual will effectively meet the needs of your space. It contains complete information you’ll need to prevent any infections and implement AMS in your facility to stay compliant.

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