Hand hygiene

Hand hygiene is the single most important factor in reducing hospital acquired infections and has been nominated as a priority area by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA) has established a consistent best practice application for hand hygiene, referred to as the ‘five moments for hand hygiene’ as well as education and auditing within both public and private hospitals throughout Australia.


Hand Hygiene Compliance

St Vincent’s Lismore participates in Hand Hygiene Compliance auditing through Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA). This auditing program is based on trained hand hygiene auditors regularly undertaking observational audits of staff compliance with the application of the ‘five moments of hand hygiene’.

The above graph shows St Vincent’s Lismore’s percentage of compliance of observed correct moments of hand washing. The Hand Hygiene Australia benchmark is currently 70%, therefore anything higher than this is acceptable – the higher percentage the better.

These results are submitted to Hand Hygiene Australia for inclusion in a national database and are publicised on the MyHospitals website.


For further information visit the Hand Hygiene Australia website