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Hand hygiene rates

'Hand hygiene' is a measure of the extent to which doctors and nurses clean their hands between patients, either by washing in soap and water or by using other products such as disinfectant gels.

Good hand hygiene practices are described by Hand Hygiene Australia as the single most important strategy in preventing healthcare-associated infections.

Updated information is available on hand hygiene rates for more than 430 public and private hospitals. Hand hygiene rates measure hand washing between patients using soap and water or gel disinfectants to stop the spread of bacteria. Although not nationally comparable, hand hygiene information helps to drive quality improvement in hospitals.

Please note: The explanatory notes include instructions to access hand hygiene data on an earlier version of the MyHospitals website.