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Title: Development of a staff vaccination program-all that glitters is not gold.
Authors: Flockhart, Sue
Grahame, Catrice
Hodge, Allison
Plucke, Frances
Poynton, Susan
Issue Date: 2016
Conference Name: 5th International Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control 2016 Conference
Conference Date: November 20-23, 2016
Conference Place: Melbourne, Australia
Abstract: Introduction: The introduction of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards in 2012 and Standard 3: Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections prompted Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) to review its current staff immunisation program. Methods: IPAC analysed the current immunisation programs strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT). This highlighted a number of opportunities for improvement. These included the development of a business case for EFT to coordinate the revised staff immunisation program, the adoption of a ‘no evidence no start’ policy for all new employees, a review of the current policy and the development of a documented system of vaccine refusal. Results: Historically December to February is the busiest time for staff health processing due to the commencement of new graduate nurses, Interns and Hospital Medical Officers. With the implementation of the new program, in 2015-2016 IPAC processed 255 new staff over an average of 11 days processing time – from paperwork being received to clearance given. In comparison to 2014 – 2015, 155 new staff were processed taking an average of 9 days, this representing a 65% increase in staff numbers. Conclusion: It has now been 21 months since the implementation of the revised staff immunisation program. Whilst we have been able to implement a robust staff immunisation program during this time there remains a gap in existing staff members immunisation status and staff not returning for follow-up vaccinations as requested. This demonstrates the need for increased resources to administer this program to full effectiveness.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11054/1079
Internal ID Number: 00512
Health Subject: CROSS INFECTION
IMMUNISATION
IMMUNISATION PROGRAMS
INFECTION CONTROL
NATIONAL SAFETY AND QUALITY HEALTH SERVICE STANDARDS
NSQHS
VACCINATION
VACCINATION REFUSAL
Type: Conference
Poster
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