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The Canberra Hospital

This is a public hospital

Address:
Yamba Drive
Garran, ACT 2605
Phone: 02 6244 2222
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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 72.5% based on 3,017 hand hygiene 'moments'.

This rate is similar to the national benchmark.

This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is similar to 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 72.5% 3,017 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is similar to the national benchmark for this hospital
Audit period 2, ending June 2013 67.7% 3,348 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is lower than the national benchmark for this hospital
Audit period 1, ending March 2013 65.4% 3,588 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is lower than the national benchmark for this hospital
Audit period 3, ending October 2012 66.5% 3,020 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is lower than the national benchmark for this hospital
Audit period 2, ending June 2012 73.6% 3,357 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is higher than the national benchmark for this hospital
Audit period 1, ending March 2012 66.0% 2,581 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is lower than the national benchmark for this hospital
Audit period 3, ending October 2011 64.8% 2,450 This is a gauge indicating that the hand hygiene rate is lower than the national benchmark for this hospital
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