Hand hygiene audits

Hand Hygiene New Zealand(external link) provides statistics on our compliance with hand hygiene via National Hand Hygiene Report which is published three times a year – after completion of each audit period. 

Waikato Hospital received its highest ever hand hygiene audit result which reflects well on the continued commitment by clinical staff, says Quality and Patient Safety assistant group manager Mo Neville.

Waikato Hospital audits four high risk areas every audit quarter. They are in New Born Intensive Care Unit, Ward M5, Critical Care and the Renal service. It then rotates through the remaining clinical areas to ensure each area is audited within the year.

Waikato Hospital achieved 78.7 per cent compliance in the National Hand Hygiene October 2014 audit, which covers the 1 July to 31 October period. The national average is 75 per cent. See the report [PDF, 333 KB].

Waikato District Health Board is pleased with our continued improvement and other district health boards have visited us to see what we are doing to improve and sustain performance. The steady ongoing improvement since December 2012 has been sustained and is owned by the clinicians.

Graph by DHB

National Hand Hygiene Performance Reports for DHBs


Hand Hygiene New Zealand newsletter - April 2015 [PDF, 731 KB]