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200 to 500 beds
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Campbelltown Hospital

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Safety & quality

Hand hygiene

Hand hygiene in hospitals generally refers to the use of soap and water or other products (such as 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 InitiativeExternal link, opens in a new window.[http://www.hha.org.au] is being progressively implemented in Australian hospitals to improve hand hygiene. Hand hygiene in hospitals is measured through an audit process, in which trained observers watch for opportunities (called ‘moments’) when hand washing or cleaning ought to occur in order to ensure good infection control.

The national benchmark is for healthcare workers to clean their hands correctly in at least 70.0% of these ‘moments’ observed during an audit period at a hospital. A higher number of audited 'moments' will generate a more reliable compliance rate estimate. Methods will be developed to enable fair comparison of the estimated compliance rate with the national benchmark and with results achieved by other hospitals.

Hand hygiene rate

For Audit Period 2, ending June 2015, the estimated rate was 82.4% based on 2,578 hand hygiene ‘moments’.

Audit period Number of ‘moments’ Estimated rate National benchmark
In Audit Period 3, ending October 2011 to Audit Period 3, ending October 2014 data are included from Camden Hospital
Audit Period 2, ending June 2015 2,578 82.4% 70.0%
Audit Period 1, ending March 2015 2,758 82.1% 70.0%
Audit Period 3, ending October 2014 3,049 82.0% 70.0%
Audit Period 2, ending June 2014 2,624 82.5% 70.0%
Audit Period 1, ending March 2014 3,189 81.9% 70.0%
Audit Period 3, ending October 2013 3,040 72.5% 70.0%
Audit Period 2, ending June 2013 3,142 75.4% 70.0%
Audit Period 1, ending March 2013 1,687 74.5% 70.0%
Audit Period 3, ending October 2012 3,370 76.3% 70.0%
Audit Period 2, ending June 2012 2,716 73.8% 70.0%
Audit Period 1, ending March 2012 2,323 72.3% 70.0%
Audit Period 3, ending October 2011 2,203 72.3% 70.0%

National benchmark

In Audit Period 3, ending October 2011 to Audit Period 3, ending October 2014 data are included from Camden Hospital