The primary aim of VICNISS is to minimise the number of infections that are associated with healthcare in Victoria.

Established in 2002, the program is coordinated by the VICNISS Coordinating Centre, which collates and analyses data on healthcare associated infections and reports data back to participants and to the Department of Health and Human Services. VICNISS is primarily concerned with preventing infections in hospital settings, however increasingly healthcare occurs in outpatient and community settings such as dialysis facilities or hospital in the home. Surveillance activities are targeted to those patients at highest risk of healthcare associated infections.

Find out more about VICNISS activities

 

News & Updates For Healthcare Professionals

Competencies
14 Jan 2020

As there has been a recent VICNISS manual update all VICNISS Competencies are currently being reviewed and revised versions will be available shortly.

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DRAFT PEER GROUPS FOR CONSULTATION
24 Dec 2019

VICNISS is in the process of updating reports, and some of you will have been consulted during the scoping process around draft peer groups earlier this year. We invite you to submit input regarding the utility of these groups for future reporting by 31st January 2020.

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CVC or PIVC associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia
31 Dec 2019

VICNISS together with stakeholders have developed a definition that clarifies a peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) associated Staphylococcus aureus blood stream infection (SAB) as distinct from a central venous catheter (CVC) associated SAB.

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Upcoming changes to VICNISS Surgical Site Infection & Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis Modules
20 Dec 2019

VICNISS currently provides health services surgical antibiotic prophylaxis reports, which include compliance with antibiotic choice, timing and duration. You will have noticed changes to the SAP data fields in the revised manual (July 2019). This information will allow antibiotics, that the patient is receiving for treatment of infection, to be included in assessment of surgical prophylaxis.

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Antimicrobial use in aged care
20 Dec 2019

Are antibiotics overused in aged care? A/Prof. Noleen Bennett, our senior infection control consultant and project officer for the Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey recently gave an interview with the Australian Prescriber.

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Update to CPE Transmission Risk -TRA list
16 Jan 2020

The CPE TRA list has recently been updated on 7 November 2019

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VICNISS-NCAS Partnership

VICNISS is a partner in the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS). The multiple areas of overlap between antimicrobial stewardship and infection control mean NCAS and VICNISS are working collaboratively on many joint projects.

Some of these include:

Aged Care NAPS
Surgical NAPS

Resources such as guidelines, root cause analysis/ audit tools and fact sheets can be found on the following link: https://www.ncas-australia.org/

Information for Patients

Many healthcare associated infections are preventable. As a consumer of healthcare, you may wish to know more about how to prevent acquiring an infection during your hospital stay. Consumer facts sheets have been developed to support the messages on healthcare associated infection contained in the NHMRC Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare. These fact sheets aim to inform patients, visitors, families and carers about healthcare associated infection, what activities healthcare facilities have in place to prevent infections and/or to limit the spread of infections. 

The current fact sheets can be accessed via the NHMRC website here

Click on the Go to Downloads button to find the brochures for the following:

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI)

Clostridioides difficile (CDI)

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) 

There is a vast amount of information available on the internet in relation to healthcare associated infections some of which may not be accurate. If you wish to know more regarding infection prevention; contact the Infection Prevention team at your hospital, or you can use the recommended links of reputable websites below.

Consumer Useful website links