Hand Hygiene

The National Hand Hygiene Initiative

Performing correct hand hygiene contributes significantly to keeping patients safe. Our hands may look clean, but many germs may be still present which could transmit disease. Alcohol Based Hand Rub (ABHR) is effective against many types of bacteria and viruses, which are invisible to the naked eye.

Improving the hand hygiene practices of healthcare staff is one of the most effective ways of preventing and reducing the spread of Healthcare associated infections.

Oxford Day Surgery is involved in the National Hand Hygiene Initiative. All staff members at Oxford Day Surgery complete an annual Hand Hygiene Australia Learning Package. We currently have 100% compliance with hand hygiene education.

Oxford Day Surgery has a Gold Standard Hand Hygiene Compliance auditor accredited with Hand Hygiene Australia. Observational audits are conducted monthly and submitted to Hand Hygiene Australia, the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care (ACSQHC) and the My Hospitals Website.

The Oxford Day Surgery team consistently scores above the national average in areas of hand hygiene. A table of data from the last quarter is available below.

The Five Moments of Hand Hygiene have been identified as the most crucial times hand hygiene must be performed.


For more information visit Hand Hygiene Australia website hha.org.au or ask an Oxford Day Surgery staff member.

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