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Australia: Handwashing, response teams part of patient safety initiative

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, December 23, 2008

Australian Health Minister John Della Bosca says that the government will require hospitals to raise patient safety standards or suffer the consequences, according to the Daily Telegraph.

After meeting with 120 clinicians and hospital officials yesterday, the government says hospitals will be required to discipline, and if necessary, fire physicians who continually fail to wash their hands. Hospitals will also need to implement new response teams over the next six months. These teams, according to the Telegraph, will help to control response to changes in patients' conditions. Nurses and residents will also be given patient checklists to properly check patients’ conditions.

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