Useful resources on infection control and wider health topics are the focus of the websites introduced by Kathy Holloway in this edition’s Webscope.
Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC) Infection Prevention and Control
The Health Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC) has a specific website with a focus on infection control and prevention. HQSC’s stated position is that infection prevention and control is everyone’s business and responsibility, whether you are a patient, family member or a healthcare professional. The two current HQSC projects are related to hand hygiene and surgical site infection improvement, with a focus on orthopaedic and cardiac surgery in public hospitals. Available on the site are hand hygiene resources, recent reports about New Zealand health services, and access to presentations from a recent HQSC workshop, **itals** Putting prevention first: Leadership and action on preventing healthcare associated infections **. [Site accessed 7 October 2018 and last updated July 2018].
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Media Library
This site within the US Government’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention hosts a large volume of quality assured media on topics as diverse as pandemics, bioterrorism and concussion. The site also provides online help for those who wish to syndicate resources to their own social media sites. There is a range of resource types, including infographics, pdfs, podcasts and videos, to name a few. Main categories are Data & Statistics, Diseases & Conditions, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health, Global Health, Healthy Living, Injury, Violence & Safety, Travel Health and Workplace Safety & Health. You can also subscribe to one of 47 specific newsfeeds to keep you up to date in cancer care, food safety, seasonal flu and many other areas. [Site accessed 7 October 2018 and last updated October 2018].