HAND HYGIENE AUSTRALIA
                                                                                                                                  August, 2010

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Welcome to the first edition of the new quarterly HHA e-bulletin
This e-bulletin is intended to keep you up to date on the progress of the National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI). It will also provide news, developments, latest research findings and information regarding HHA and the NHHI. Information in the e-bulletin is targeted at those involved in the day to day aspects of the NHHI.

If you would like HHA to include any specific items in the e-bulletin please contact us via email at hha@austin.org.au,

No Hiccup with HHCApp
The new Hand Hygiene Compliance Application (HHCApp) is an online data management system that has superseded the previous data base tool. HHCApp will allow seamless data input online and report generation, and is a significant step in the sustainability of the NHHI. It is free for any participating site to access. All that is required is an internet browser. For more information follow this link www.hha.org.au/HHComplianceSystem.aspx.

In addition HHA have developed a PDA version of HHCApp for data collection using a Hewlett Packard PDA (model - HP iPAQ212). If you would like more information on the PDA application contact Kel Heard at kelvin.heard@austin.org.au  HHA are also exploring other options for electronic data collection with other mobile devices such as web accessible smart phones.

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Hand hygiene compliance audit period 2
The final date for audit period 2 data submission is the - 6th August, 2010
Future audit period submission dates are:
12th November, 2010
18th March, 2011
1st July, 2011
4th November, 2011

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Australasia South East Asia Inaugural Hand Hygiene Collaborative (ASEAHHC) Workshop
The highly successful inaugural ASEAHHC workshop was held at Palm Cove on 18th-19th June. The aim of the workshop was to provide updates and share knowledge from a range of nations that included Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Also in attendance was Didier Pittet (WHO & University Hospital Geneva) and Andreas Voss (Netherlands). Feedback from the workshop has been extremely positive and we have had many requests to conduct another during 2011. For more information on presentations and to read the feedback follow this link: http://www.hha.org.au/aseahhc.aspx

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
HHA have recently been asked the following questions:
Do you have to clean your hands after touching every drain?
Do food services staff have to clean hands after delivering each patients' meal?

To read HHA's response to this and other frequently asked questions, follow this link: http://www.hha.org.au/FAQ.aspx

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Gold Standard Auditor Workshops
HHA continues to facilitate a free of charge two day Gold Standard Auditor training workshops across Australia.  If you would either like to attend or even host a workshop at your organisation please contact: 
Public Healthcare organisations contact your individual state reps, for contact details follow link below:
http://www.hha.org.au/ContactUs/further-contact-details.aspx
Private Healthcare Organizations please contact either Paul Simpson or Sally Havers for contact details follow link below:
paul.simpson@austin.org.au or sally.havers@austin.org.au

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Recent articles of interest:
Jabbar, U. et al. Effectiveness of Alcohol-Based Rubs for the Removal of Clostridium difficult spores form Hands. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, June 2010, 31(6): 565-70

Kampf, G., Marschall, S., Eggerstedt, S. & Ostermeyer, C. Efficacy of ethanol-based hand foams using clinically relevant amounts: a cross-over controlled study among healthy volunteers. BMC Infectious Disease 2010, 10:78 

To read abstracts follow link - http://www.hha.org.au/ForHealthcareWorkers/e-bulletin/aseahhc.aspx

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Do you have a story/question that you would like to share with others?
Why not email us hha@austin.org.au and we can include it on the next e-bulletin.