Lynne Weir, Executive Director of the Richmond Clarence Health Service Group said the quarterly prize will be awarded to the Clinical Department that scores the highest compliance rate in each cycle of the continuous Hand Hygiene Audit.
“Improving Hand Hygiene among healthcare workers is currently the single most effective intervention to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections in Australian hospitals,” Ms Weir said.
The World Health Organization’s “5 moments of hand hygiene” has been adopted by NSW Health as the standard practice for health care workers. A continuous observational audit records health care workers compliance with the ‘5 moments’.
Our Hospital Infection Control Coordinators actively encourage our Staff to improve hand hygiene rates by providing education in the 5 moments for hand hygiene, which is to wash your hands:
- Before touching a patient
- Before Clean/Aseptic Procedure
- After body fluid exposure risk
- After touching a patient
- After touching a patient’s surroundings
“The results of audits contribute to a Hospital, Local Health District, State and National database, which track the performance of individual facilities in complying with appropriate hand hygiene practice,” Ms Weir said.
“We are excited to launch the inaugural ‘Lismore Base Hospital Hand Hygiene Awards’. The Awards provide an opportunity for the Hospital to acknowledge great performance within clinical departments in relation to compliance with the “5 moments of hand hygiene”.
Bruce Parry, Marketing Manager with Summerland Credit Union said Summerland is proud to continue its association with supporting excellence in care at Lismore Base Hospital by sponsoring the Lismore Base Hospital Hand Hygiene Awards”.“Lismore Base Hospital is committed to reaching our goal of full compliance with appropriate hand hygiene by Staff,” Lynne Weir added.