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The MyHospitals website is moving on 31 March 2020

Don’t worry – from December 11 2019 you will be able to find the latest information about your local area on the MyHospitals webpages on the AIHW website, along with many more reports and data on a range of health and welfare topics.

In some cases, the way you find information has changed. If you need help finding anything, please contact the AIHW.

Once the new MyHospitals website has been created, you will be able to access old archived versions of the previously published data through Trove, the National Library of Australia’s web archive. Please note the interactive content will not work in the archived version.

Data release: Hand hygiene (explanatory notes)

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Hand hygiene rates

‘Hand hygiene’ is a measure of the extent to which health care workers clean their hands before and while caring for 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 Audit Period 1, ending March 2015 for 638 hospitals (474 public and 164 private) and Audit Period 2, ending June 2015 for 620 hospitals (467 public and 153 private). Hand hygiene rates measure hand washing before and while caring for 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.

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