Auditing with the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene tool
|HHC auditing is the established outcome measure for assessing the effectiveness of a hand hygiene program within the National Hand Hygiene Initiative. HHC is a valid and reliable measure within the acute care sector, in both public and private hospitals throughout Australia.
|Generally, the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene audit tool is ideally suited to facilities that have the greatest staff/patient activity and interaction. This results in higher numbers of ‘Moments’ being audited in shorter time periods.
|Auditing facilities where there is little staff/patient activity and interaction will result in a small number of moments being observed (i.e. non-acute, primary care, mental health settings) and resources required to undertake auditing may be better utilised measuring other aspects of a hand hygiene program (e.g product placement and availability surveys, education etc).
|Currently HHA do not recommend routine HHC auditing with the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene audit tool as an outcome measure in the non-acute, primary care or mental health setting.
|All facilities should be aware of their jurisdictional requirements when planning measurements of their hand hygiene program. A number of assessment tools are available below which can be used or modified as desired.
|HHC audits should only be undertaken by HHA trained and validated HHC auditors.
Annual Auditor Validation
All auditors need to complete annual validation (see Annual Auditor Validation) Revised May 2016
Hand Hygiene Compliance Audit Tools
Audit Sheet - Local Adaptations
Audit form with HCW codes
Additional Audit Tools
These tools are for internal use only, HHA does not require this information.
OLD Compliance Database
The MS Access database has been replaced by the online Hand Hygiene Compliance Application. Contact your Jurisdictional Hand Hygiene Coordinator for more details