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Posted on 11 Feb 2019
Infection prevention and control

This expression of interest has now closed.

The Infection Clinical Network is looking for clinicians and consumers to join a statewide quality initiative to help prevent peripheral line infections.

Peripheral intravenous catheters are devices used to provide treatments such as fluids. They are a standard procedure for providing patient care. Their use is associated with increased costs, patient discomfort and serious complications such as bloodstream infections and thrombophlebitis. One of the most serious complications is developing a bloodstream infection with Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as ‘golden staph’.

About the working group

This newly established working group will investigate peripheral intravenous catheter complications and their relationship with staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections. The working group will consider how we can reduce variation in practice and improve patient outcomes.

Who are we looking for?

  • Medical doctors (such as intern, resident) or nurses who insert and maintain lines in a ward environment
  • Medical/nursing educator who has a role in teaching peripheral intravenous catheter insertion
  • Doctor or nurse from an emergency and/or short stay department
  • Infection prevention and control consultant
  • Patients and carers
  • Representatives from a healthcare service with an intravenous line insertion team
  • Representatives from a healthcare service with experience in reducing infections associated with peripheral intravenous catheter lines.

What’s involved?

As a member of this working group you will:

  • contribute to a statewide quality initiative to prevent infections associated with peripheral intravenous catheters
  • identify best practice management of peripheral intravenous catheters
  • apply quality improvement methodology to identify and define problems, develop and implement a project plan and report outcomes.
  • make recommendations for optimal care of infections to the network governance committee.

Subcommittee members will be expected to participate in meetings and other activities.

How to apply

Download the expression of interest pack below and follow the directions under ‘How to apply’.

Applications close: Monday 4 March 2019.

More information

Download the Terms of reference below or contact:

Louise Hobbs

03 9096 3085


Page last updated: 05 Mar 2019