Compliance rates are output from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare's National Hand Hygiene Initiative, where 3 audits are conducted over 12 months.
As part of Statewide and/or National agreements, targets have been set for some key performance indicators. These annual targets are shown to enable comparative achievements to be illustrated.
Hand hygiene contributes significantly to keeping patients safe. It is a simple, low-cost strategy to prevent the spread of many of the microbes that cause healthcare associated infections (HCAIs). Improving the hand hygiene of healthcare staff is one of the most effective ways of preventing and reducing the spread of HCAIs.
Victorian public hospitals participate in the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare’s (the Commission) National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI). Three audits are conducted over a twelve month period based on the national standardised methodology. The NHHI is restricted to health service/hospital acute beds only.