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Gold Coast University Hospital

This is a public hospital

Address:
1 Hospital Boulevard
Southport, QLD 4215
Phone: 07 5687 0000
Go to this hospital's website (external link, opens in a new window) [http://www.health.qld.gov.au/goldcoasthealth]

Hand hygiene rate

Hand hygiene in hospitals generally refers to the use of soap and water or a waterless antimicrobial agent (for example, an alcohol-based hand rub) by healthcare workers to clean their hands. The aim is for healthcare workers to perform hand hygiene correctly at every opportunity, for example, before and after touching a patient. Good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to minimise the risk of healthcare-associated infections, such as Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections. The National Hand Hygiene Initiative (external link, opens in a new window) [http://www.hha.org.au] is being progressively implemented in Australian hospitals to improve hand hygiene.

The national benchmark for hand hygiene is 70%.

To learn more about hand hygiene 'moments' or for information about how rates for hospitals are calculated and compared with the national benchmark, read About the data.

Safety and quality information on MyHospitals also includes information on healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections.

For audit period 3, ending October 2013, the estimated rate was 84.6% based on 5,343 hand hygiene 'moments'.

This rate is higher than the national benchmark.

This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is higher than the national benchmark for this hospital
Estimated rate of hand hygiene compared against the national benchmark
Audit period Estimated rate Number of 'moments'
Audit period 3, ending October 2013 84.6% 5,343 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is higher than the national benchmark for this hospital
Audit period 2, ending June 2013 83.2% 4,435 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is higher than the national benchmark for this hospital
Audit period 1, ending March 2013 77.0% 6,825 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is higher than the national benchmark for this hospital
Audit period 3, ending October 2012 70.9% 5,195 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is similar to the national benchmark for this hospital
Audit period 2, ending June 2012 74.0% 5,724 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is higher than the national benchmark for this hospital
This includes hand hygiene 'moments' for Robina Hospital
Audit period 1, ending March 2012 72.6% 8,355 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is higher than the national benchmark for this hospital
This includes hand hygiene 'moments' for Robina Hospital
Audit period 3, ending October 2011 67.4% 6,914 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is lower than the national benchmark for this hospital
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