FAQ's - Auditing


Q: How many Moments am I expected to audit?

Q: Which areas / wards are we expected to audit?
Q: Do the wards need to be the same every audit period?
Q: Is there a limit to how many staff we can have trained as auditors?
Q: Once I am a 'gold standard' auditor can I train other staff?
Q: How do I train other staff?
Q: Can the people I teach go on to train others?
Q: What do I do if I have not audited for over 12 months?
Q: Can I audit single rooms? If so, is there an easy way to do this?

Q: Is there any funding available?
Q: What do I do if there is an emergency situation?


Q: How many Moments am I expected to audit?
A: This is dependent on the number of acute inpatient beds your facility has- see table below

Number of acute inpatient beds at the hospital
Required number of HH audits per year
Required number of wards/areas per HH audit
Required number of HH observations per ward area
>400
3
7
350
300-400
3
6
350
200-300
3
5
350
100-200
3
4
200
50-100
3
2
100
25-50
3
1
100
< 25
3
1
50

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Q: Which areas / wards are we expected to audit?
A: HHA recommends a selection of acute inpatient wards where there is the highest possible risk for HCAIs to occur and where you are most likely for the program to have an impact.  These can include: ICU, renal, surgical and medical wards.

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Q: Do the wards need to be the same every audit?

A: No. HHA encourages facilities to rotate the wards completing the national audits so that every HCW in a healthcare facility learns about the importance of the program.


Q: Is there a limit to how many staff we can have trained as auditors?
A: No, there is no limit.  However, full training can take a significant amount of time so choose the most relevant people first.   

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Q: Once I am a 'gold standard' auditor can I train other staff?
A: Yes.  You can train other staff, but we would advise that you practice with the 5 Moments, the audit tool, the database and the clinical scenarios in your hospital before you attempt to train others.  You need to be very familiar and confident with the 5 Moments program before you teach others.

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Q: How do I train other staff?
A: Once you have attended a HHA workshop and passed the required assesments you can train others to become General Auditors.  The tools required for your training program are available once you have logged into the website on the Workshop Resources page. Please review the document How to Train Auditors first.

Once you have completed the training and your participants have passed the required quizzes you need to register your new auditors on the HHA website via http://hha.org.au/ForHealthcareWorkers/workshops/hha-auditor-register.aspx 

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Q: Can the people I teach go on to train others?

A: No. If you require other people in your hospital / health service to be able to teach the 5 Moment program then they should also attend the full HHA workshop run in each state by the state coordinator.  This ensures that the data that is submitted to HHA is as standardised as possible.

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Q: What do I do if I have not audited for over 12 months?
A: Please review the Annual Auditor Validation pathway and follow the appropriate steps.

 

 


Q: Can I audit single rooms? If so, is there an easy way to do this?
A: Yes you can audit in single rooms, it usually takes a little longer, but is certainly possible.  There is no easy way to do it, except that you must position yourself to be able to see all movement into and out of that room .

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Q: Is there any funding available?
A: The ACQSHC have funded HHA until mid 2012 to implement the NHHI.  Each jurisdiction is responsible for the sustainability of the program in their state.

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Q: What do I do if there is an emergency situation?
A: If you are trained to assist in an emergency situation, put your auditing equipment away and assist.  If you are not trained to assist, step aside and leave your auditing for another time, or move to another area to audit.  Patient safety always comes first.

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