Development of a standardised approach to observing hand hygiene compliance in Australia

Ryan, Kathleen, Russo, Philip L., Heard, Kelvin, Havers, Sally, Bellis, Kaye and Grayson, M. Lindsay 2012, Development of a standardised approach to observing hand hygiene compliance in Australia, Healthcare infection, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 115-121, doi: 10.1071/HI12022.

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Title Development of a standardised approach to observing hand hygiene compliance in Australia
Author(s) Ryan, Kathleen
Russo, Philip L.ORCID iD for Russo, Philip L.
Heard, Kelvin
Havers, Sally
Bellis, Kaye
Grayson, M. Lindsay
Journal name Healthcare infection
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 115
End page 121
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2012-12
ISSN 1835-5617
Summary Background: Evidence indicates that improved hand hygiene compliance can lead to reductions in healthcare associated infection. However, there are few papers that clearly document the observation method used to collect the hand hygiene compliance data. This article describes the Hand Hygiene Australia 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene observation method in detail.

Methods: The Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care funded Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA) to implement the National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) to improve hand hygiene compliance (HHC) and establish a national validated system of HHC auditing. Based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) World Alliance for Patient Safety campaign 'Clean Care is Safer Care', HHA adapted the WHO hand hygiene compliance data collection form to suit Australian healthcare facilities.

Results: Hand Hygiene Australia developed a standardised approach to direct observation of HHC of healthcare workers by developing a uniform suite of tools and a data management system for accurate data collection and report generation.

Conclusion: Implementation of the HHA 5 Moments HHC audit method has facilitated standardised, reliable and meaningful collection of hand hygiene compliance data that is driving HHC improvement across many different healthcare settings around Australia.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/HI12022
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1103 Clinical Sciences
1110 Nursing
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control
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