Infection prevention and control guidelines

11. Disease surveillance and outbreak response

Overview – Disease surveillance and outbreak response

      1. Overview – Disease surveillance and outbreak response

Overview – Disease surveillance and outbreak response

Staff should be familiar with their statutory responsibilities for monitoring and reporting disease outbreaks or other infection prevention and control incidents to the relevant state/territory authorities.

The practice must develop procedures to ensure that notifiable disease are promptly reported.

Staff must know when and how to implement appropriate transmission-based precautions.

An infection prevention and control kit, containing items for implementation of standard and transmission-based precautions including personal protective equipment, could be available at reception to be used when a patient presents with a suspected or confirmed infectious disease. Reception staff must receive education and training on when and how to use the kit correctly.

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