Hand hygiene is one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of infection. The most common way that harmful organisms are spread between patients in health care settings is on the hands of health care workers. Studies show that effective hand decontamination can significantly reduce the rate of healthcare associated infection.
Since the 1 November 2019, the ACSQHC has managed the NHHI program, including education packages, resources and the national database of hand hygiene compliance audit results. Included is a suite of eLearning modules to provide information on the principles of infection prevention and control in the Australian healthcare setting. Many of these modules add value to those involved in aged care, the community more generally, or workforce groups, such as beauticians.
The Basics of Infection Prevention and Control is suitable for all health care workers and health care students and may also be suitable for other industries where infection prevention and control is important. This module provides a basic orientation and foundation on which to build your infection prevention and control knowledge.
Sampling matrix fact sheets developed by SA Health have been retired as of the 1st January 2020. Refer to the NHHI Manual, section 7.3 - Requirements for national hand hygiene data submission for acute hospitals, day hospitals, standalone/satellite/oncology centres and dental sites.
How SA is supporting the National Hand Hygiene Initiative
South Australia is supporting this initiative by including hand hygiene compliance as a key performance indicator of patient safety and quality of health care delivery. SA Health has provided several resources to assist healthcare facilities to implement the NHHI program. Healthcare facilities can contribute hand hygiene data to national and local audits. For more information refer to the ACSQHC NHHI Website.
Facilities not meeting the requirements for national data submission may choose to utilise the SA Health observational audit tool (PDF 196KB), to estimate overall hand hygiene compliance and is in keeping with the 5 Moments for hand hygiene.
Health-care facilities can track their progress in hand hygiene resources, promotion, activities, plan their actions and aim for improvement and sustainability through the use of the following resources:
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World Hand Hygiene Day
World Hand Hygiene Day, 5 May, is part of a major global effort led by the World Health Organization (WHO). This day aims to support health-care workers to improve hand hygiene in health care and accordingly support the prevention of often life threatening healthcare associated infection (HAI).
Infection prevention courses are available to all SA Health employees to support the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. There are currently three infection prevention related courses available to staff:
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