March 2013  
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Data Submission Dates

Period one 2013 data is due to be submitted by 28th March 2013.
Remember any data submitted after this date will not be accepted into HHCApp.
Dates for 2013:
30th June
31st October
Period 3 2012 National Data is now availablecolor HERE
HHA Manual
 
The HHA manual is currently undergoing a significant review and rewrite. We expect to release the new version 3 as soon as possible. Please watch this space in the coming weeks: http://www.hha.org.au/ForHealthcareWorkers/manual.aspx
 
 
 


 

Updated HHCApp

Over the past few months HHA have been working with developers on upgrading HHCApp to address issues identified through feedback from users. The upgraded HHCApp provides a much better experience for all users including a more intuitive interface, increased functionality, the addition of a data entry only user role and an improved reporting process. For organisational, regional and jurisdictional administrators, the management of audits and auditors will be vastly improved. Behind the scenes, HHCApp is a much more stable and sustainable database.
To gain the maximum benefit of the upgraded HHCApp, access should be via Internet Explorer 8.0 and above, Google Chrome or Firefox. HHA are aware that not all facilities will have these browsers available in which case it will be accessible through Internet Explorer <8 but with slightly reduced enhancements.
The upgraded HHCApp is now live. To access the instructions and database itself please click on this link: http://www.hha.org.au/HHComplianceSystem.aspx
If you currently have more than one username to access HHCApp, or you use a generic username for your hospital please contact HHA to upgrade your username to a more user friendly option hha@austin.org.au

5th of the 5th – World Hand Hygiene Day

Keep up to date with the latest information as a part of the WHO annual campaign by accessing the WHO website
http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/en/
The WHO are particularly keen for Australian healthcare workers to register their healthcare facility as participating in the global hand hygiene program. Any healthcare worker can register their own facility by signing up via this link http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/register/en/index.html By registering, WHO can monitor the number of healthcare facilities around the world participating in a Hand Hygiene program and can then ensure you receive regular emails about Hand hygiene around the world.
WHO
As a part of the 5th of the 5th activities the WHO are promoting the use of HHA’s HHC data entry system HHCApp. People from many countries around the world are already registering their interest to trial an international version of HHCApp as a part of their 5th of the 5th activities.

NSW Hand Hygiene Representative

HHA is sad to announce that our NSW HHA representative Jennifer Gillott has moved from her position to take up another position within the CEC. Jennifer was a great advocate for the NHHI in NSW and on behalf of all those involved in hand hygiene, we thank her for her hard work. Presently a replacement is being sought, but in the meantime NSW public healthcare facilities requiring support or training can continue to contact Jennifer whilst we await the appointment of a replacement.

Bed Size and Moments
 
In response to feedback regarding concerns over the number of Moments required and recommendations for ward selection, HHA and members of the NHHI Advisory Committee have been exploring a more meaningful way to stratify hospital size and a more streamlined approach toward selection.
As a result of this, commencing for the first data Period in 2013, a new hospital stratification tables will be introduced, and recommendations for ward selections options modified. Details of these are available on the HHA website at http://www.hha.org.au/wardselection.aspx
In summary, hospital size category 101-200 has been split into two creating two new categories, 101-150 and 151-200. With regards to recommendations for ward selection option, the emphasis has been placed on high risk wards.
It is important to note that each jurisdiction may prefer an alternative option, so check with your jurisdictional representative. 

 New Documents

HHA is sad to announce that our NSW HHA representative Jennifer Gillott has moved from her position to take up another position within the CEC. Jennifer was a great advocate for the NHHI in NSW and on behalf of all those involved in hand hygiene, we thank her for her hard work. Presently a replacement is being sought, but in the meantime NSW public healthcare facilities requiring support or training can continue to contact Jennifer whilst we await the appointment of a replacement.

 
 Data Collection Guidelines for Stand Alone Day Hospitals
 
 
This document has been added to the website to ensure standardised data collection procedures in stand alone day hospitals:
and also available here

 Workshop Resources Webpage – One Stop Shop for all the resources you need to train your own auditors
 
 
Recently there have been significant changes to the Workshop Resources page. This page is only visible on the left hand menu of the website once an auditor has logged on to the website, and is the home of all the materials required for GSAs to train their own auditors. If you train auditors please ensure that you look at this site and download the relevant materials each time you run a training session so that you are always working from the most up to date schedules and presentations.
 
Workshops

The HHA team are currently planning a workshop schedule for the first half of 2013. If you know of staff who would like to attend please ask them to register their interest via the Workshop Online Bookings form:
http://hha.org.au/ForHealthcareWorkers/workshops/workshop-online-booking.aspx
 
Reminders
 
  • Also a reminder that it is the responsibility of the Organisational Administrator for HHCApp to ensure that all auditors submitting data have undertaken their annual auditor validation (i.e. collected at least 100 moments and done the Auditor OLP) before they collect the data.

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