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Infection control in body art and piercing clinics. What you need to know.

[fa icon="calendar'] 28-Apr-2016 09:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in standards

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Body art and personal appearances services are a fast growing industry and we are experiencing increased downloads of our eBook on surgical instrument tracking by owners and managers of body piercing clinics and body art studios. So I want to bring these types of businesses and services into the discussion on infection control and sterilizing standards. Particularly the use of re-usable devices used for skin penetration.

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Here is your ultimate guide to AS2828.1 categories and colour codes

[fa icon="calendar'] 10-Mar-2016 07:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Medical Records Management, standards

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AS2828.1 is a standard that specifies the requirements for the physical aspects of health records. It covers size, quality, layout, and colour. The objective of the standard is to improve the quality of health care by facilitating communication between healthcare professionals. Standardisation of medical record across health care facilities can help achieve this.

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How to set up custom documents when going to digital medical records

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Feb-2016 08:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in standards, Digital Medical Records

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Medical Forms and AS28281.1

A whole new world of benefits will open up to you when you move from a paper based medical records system to digital.

For example you can create custom lists of things like medications or health funds and link them to text pickers and select lists. This way, instead of having to use the keyboard, users users can select an item from a (dropdown) list. So accuracy is greatly improved because the risk of typing errors is minimised.

You also have the option of adding check boxes to select “yes/no” type checks and transfer data automatically from one text field to another, so you only have to type it once!

These are just a few example but digital medical records offer you so many options.  So let’s take a look at an example medical record and apply some digital magic to it.

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Here's how to implement AS2828.1 compliant documents

[fa icon="calendar'] 16-Feb-2016 07:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in standards

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AS2828.1 specifies the requirements for the physical aspects of health records' size, quality, layout, colour, order of filing and record cover.

Although it appears to apply exclusively to paper based health records, AS2828.1 needs to be taken into account for health records that have been digitised from paper as well as Electronic health records.

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How to categorize a Cataract Tray for Ophthalmic Centres/Ophthamology

[fa icon="calendar'] 03-Nov-2015 07:00:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in standards, AS/NZS4187

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Surgical Instrument Product Families for Ophthalmologists


The new version of AS/NZS 4187 released on the 15th December last year brought some very significant changes to the previous standard. One of the most significant changes is the standards reference to Product Families.

In a previous blog, I provided an overview of ISO/TS 17665-3:2013 - Sterilization of health care products - Moist heat - Part 3: Guidance on the designation of a medical device to a product family and processing category for steam sterilization.

Today I will get into the specifics of how to apply the standard to a Cataract Tray. Let's take a look at how to do that.

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AS4187 or 4185? Infection control standards for dental practitioners?

[fa icon="calendar'] 29-Oct-2015 12:13:21 / by Michael Stanton posted in standards, AS/NZS4187

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If you’re a member of the Dental Health community you’re probably aware that a lot has happened in the last 12 months. I am referring to infection control breaches that have happened
in New South Wales. Around the same time two documents were released that have the express purpose of preventing such issues.

 

They are:

  • AS4187 2014
  • The Australian Dental Association Guidelines for Infection Control Third Edition 2015.

Infection Control has become a hot topic and the Australian Dental Board's release of an open letter  dated 16th July 2015 reminding Dental Practitioners of their Infection control obligations under the National Law is testament to that.

With this blog, I will try to provide some guidance through the maze of standards and guidelines and provide dental practitioners with a list of relevant documentation for further reading.

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Here is why AS2828 is relevant for digital patient records

[fa icon="calendar'] 15-Oct-2015 07:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Medical Records Management, standards

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If you are considering a digital patient records system, it may well be worth looking to see that the system is AS2828 compliant.

Why, you ask? After all AS2828 is about paper medical records right?

Well...not exactly.

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Learn how to ensure your ophthalmic centre complies with AS4187

[fa icon="calendar'] 29-Sep-2015 06:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments, standards, AS/NZS4187

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On the 15th December last year, a new version of AS/NZS 4187 was released. The standard is complex and there is so much to understand. There are many requirements. So what can you do to ensure your ophthalmic centre is compliant?

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[AS/NZS4187 - 2014] Reprocessing flexible endoscopes: what's changed?

[fa icon="calendar'] 15-Sep-2015 10:42:45 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments, standards, AS/NZS4187

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Previously I wrote about the new version  of AS/NZS 4187 (what it means for day surgeries and a reference table to AS4187 terminology for CDS Managers) which was released on the 15th December last year. It has brought some very significant changes to the previous standard. In this blog post I discuss the standard's application to the reprocessing of flexible endoscopes.

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CDS Managers: Here's a quick reference table to AS/NZS4187 Terminology

[fa icon="calendar'] 03-Sep-2015 16:02:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in standards, AS/NZS4187

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The new version of AS/NZS4187 released on the 15th December last year, contains a number of differences in terminology to the previous version. The new standard also uses abbreviations.

This blog contains a list of the abbreviations and their meanings and looks at some of the important differences in terminology.

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