11/04/2013 07:36 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:52 EST

Alberta Hospitals Audit Finds Infection Control Good, But Can Be Better

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EDMONTON - Alberta's auditor general says while no patient is in immediate danger, the province can do a better job on infection control in medical centres.

Merwan Saher, in his latest report, said an audit of hospitals found that patients were not at "immediate and significant risk" of getting infected through poor handwashing or instrument sterilizing by caregivers.

But Saher said there needs to be better co-ordination and analysis of information to make sure that infection control standards are kept up.

Saher is recommending Alberta Health do a better job making it clear who is responsible for what when it comes to infection control and how the process is to be monitored.

He said instrument sterilization standards need to be more uniform across the province.

He also recommended better control over guidelines and responsibilities for hand-washing.

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