Hand Hygiene

Aim

Through sustained improvement in hand hygiene by healthcare staff reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections.

Benefits

  • Improved health outcomes for patients (reduced morbidity and mortality); 
  • Reduced risk transmission of pathogenic organisms to patients, visitors and staff.

Summary

Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are a significant and growing problem in healthcare. Improving hand hygiene among health care workers is the single most effective intervention to reduce the risk of HAIs.

Since February 2009, the CEC’s Hand Hygiene program has led the implementation of the National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) in NSW. The program is based on the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene, promoted by the World Health Organization’s World Alliance for Patient Safety Campaign, Clean Care is Safer Care.

The Hand Hygiene program advocates the need to improve and sustain hand hygiene of health care workers. The aim is to help reduce the spread of potentially life-threatening infections in health care facilities.

Key features of the program are:

  • use of alcohol-based hand rub
  • educating health care workers in the right way and at the right time
  • auditing of hand hygiene compliance
  • collecting Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia data.

Implementation of the NHHI has seen hand hygiene compliance rates in NSW continue to significantly improve.

Background

Partnerships

  • Hand Hygiene Australia
  • Local Health Districts
  • Specialty Health Networks

Key Dates

Pilot Sites

Implementation Sites

Evaluation

Related Initiatives

Contact

Project Officer Hand Hygiene

hai@cec.health.nsw.gov.au
02 9269 5500

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Project Officer Hand Hygiene

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