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Infection Prevention and Hand Hygiene

13m of CPD
Suzanne Querruel
22 May 2016

Is there an organism that is not killed by alcohol-based hand rubs? And why do we not use high-grade disinfectants on surfaces after every surgery? This back-to-basics talk serves as a timely refresher on the importance of preventing infection through smart and regular infection prevention practices. Use this talk to remind yourself on the importance of hand hygiene in preventing infection, and how to undertake effective hand washing as according to the latest guidelines.


Suzanne Querruel


Suzi Querruel has been working in the perioperative field for the past decade. Her passion lies in perianaesthesia nursing, and she has been seeking to advance the field over the past few years. She is a tutor and lecturer for Western Sydney University [WSU] in the Bachelor of Nursing program and WSU The College in their Academic Pathways Programs. She is the unit coordinator at WSU The College for the subjects "health communication" and "skills in health science". She was previously anaesthetic coordinator at Westmead Private Hospital and also has held sessional nurse educator positions at the Australian College of Nursing, Wesley Health Management, and the University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney University, and the University of Tasmania. She has been a nurse educator for Ausmed Education for the past three years and has collaborated on the program development for the perianaesthesia, perioperative, day surgery, and surgical nursing seminars. She has held the position of national vice president and NSW/ACT president of the Australian Society of Post Anaesthesia & Anaesthesia Nurses [ASPAAN] for two years and has recently seen the transition of ASPAAN to the Australian College of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses [ACPAN]. Suzi holds a bachelor of nursing, graduate diploma in nursing (anaesthetics & PACU), masters of nursing education), certificate IV in workplace training & assessment, and a neuro-linguistic programming [NLP] practitioner certificate.


Wendy Noye14 May 2018
Interesing regarding Novovirus (knowledge gained)

Frances Browne07 May 2018
informative and a good refresher.

Christian Alagao06 May 2018
Very informative.

Rebecca McKenzie25 Apr 2018
Very informative and educational.

Fleur Harlock12 Apr 2018
Good refresher about the importance of hand washing and shows we still have a way to go with education and compliance

Ann Trebilcock31 Mar 2018
Very informative and can be used as an educational tool for all staff.

Ann Trebilcock31 Mar 2018
Very good, informative and up to date info.

Kym Tyler26 Feb 2018
Good information.

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