Hand Hygiene: Clean care is safer care

Last week, Northern Health marked Hand Hygiene Week by holding workshops and activities across all sites.

Hand hygiene is a crucial element of Standard 3 in the National Healthcare Standards, which aims to improve infection prevention and control measures to help prevent infections and the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

As healthcare-associated infections are the most common complication affecting patients in Australian hospitals, having regular safety and hygiene training helps us prevent complications while ensuring our staff receive the best possible education and practice.

Numerous events were held for our staff and visitors, including a stethoscope raffle, Gold Standard Auditor Workshop hosted at NCHER, pink “avagard” t-shirts, display boards and educational workshops.

Our clinical staff handed out brochures to in-patients at Northern Hospital and answered questions about prevention and hygiene, while nurse educators assisted with hand hygiene promotion at Northern Health Bundoora and Broadmeadows Hospital.