2015

Data have been collected nationally from a total of 867 hospitals from both the public and private sectors. The average compliance rate was 82.2% .

Period One

National Data - National Hand Hygiene Initiative

Audit Period One 2015 - 1st November 2014 - 31st March 2015

Data have been collected nationally from a total of 867 hospitals from both the public and private sectors. The average compliance rate was 82.2% .

Overall Compliance Rate

 Correct
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower
95% CI
Upper
95% CI
Overall
Rate
470,810 572,695 82.2% 82.1% 82.3%

Number of data submissions by state

StatePublicPrivate
ACT 2 5
NSW 226 82
NT 5 2
QLD 102 75
SA 23 21
TAS 16 8
VIC 117 69
WA 81 33
Total 572 295

Compliance Rate by Moment

MomentCorrect
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower 95% CIUpper 95% CI
1 - Before Touching A Patient 128,105 163,011 78.6% 78.4% 78.8%
2 - Before Procedure 46,801 54,980 85.1% 84.8% 85.4%
3 - After a Procedure or Body Fluid Exposure Risk 59,489 66,419 89.6% 89.3% 89.8%
4 - After Touching a Patient 142,502 164,304 86.7% 86.6% 86.9%
5 - After Touching A Patient's Surroundings 93,913 123,981 75.7% 75.5% 76.0%

Figure 1. National Hand Hygiene Compliance Rate By Moment
 

Compliance Rate by Health Care Worker

HCW TypeCorrect
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower
95% CI
Lower
95% CI
Nurse/Midwife 331,157 385,895 85.8% 85.7% 85.9%
Medical Practitioner 58,480 82,499 70.9% 70.6% 71.2%
Personal Care Staff 18,873 24,860 75.9% 75.4% 76.4%
Allied Health Care Worker 23,790 29,207 81.5% 81.0% 81.9%
Administrative and Clerical Staff 1,851 2,392 77.4% 75.7% 79.0%
Invasive Technician 6,970 8,483 82.2% 81.3% 83.0%
Domestic 10,165 14,626 69.5% 68.7% 70.2%
Student Doctor 1,825 2,392 76.3% 74.6% 78.0%
Student Nurse/Midwife 11,920 14,618 81.5% 80.9% 82.2%
Student Allied Health 983 1,205 81.6% 79.3% 83.7%
Student Personal Care 126 143 88.1% 81.8% 92.4%
Other - Not Categorised Elsewhere 4,670 6,375 73.3% 72.2% 74.3%

Figure 2. National Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates by Healthcare Profession


Figure 1 depicts the compliance rates for each of the 5 Moments. The highest rates of compliance were after completion of a procedure (89.6%) and after touching a patient (86.7%). 

Figure 2 depicts the compliance rate by healthcare worker professional group. 

Medical Staff hand hygiene compliance rate by Moment

MomentCorrect MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95% CIUpper 95% CI
1- Before Touching A Patient 15,322 23,386 65.5% 64.9% 66.1%
2 - Before Procedure 5,631 7,216 78.0% 77.1% 79.0%
3 - After a Procedure or Body Fluid Exposure Risk 6,383 7,924 80.6% 79.7% 81.4%
4 - After Touching a Patient 19,953 25,558 78.1% 77.6% 78.6%
5 - After Touching A Patient's Surroundings 11,191 18,415 60.8% 60.1% 61.5%

Nursing/Midwifery Staff hand hygiene compliance rate by Moment

MomentCorrect MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95%
CI
Upper 95%
CI
1 - Before Touching A Patient 92,387 112,379 82.2% 82.0% 82.4%
2 - Before Procedure 35,513 40,940 86.7% 86.4% 87.1%
3 - After a Procedure or Body Fluid Exposure Risk 45,623 49,879 91.5% 91.2% 91.7%
4 - After Touching a Patient 99,410 111,246 89.4% 89.2% 89.5%
5 - After Touching A Patient's Surroundings 58,224 71,451 81.5% 81.2% 81.8%

Compliance Rates By Ward Type

Ward Type*Correct MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95%
CI
Upper 95%
CI
Acute Aged Care 1,110 1,350 82.2% 80.1% 84.2%
Ambulatory Care 16,001 18,974 84.3% 83.8% 84.8%
Critical Care Unit 46,786 58,496 80.0% 79.7% 80.3%
Dental 4,996 5,589 89,4% 88.6% 90.2%
Emergency Department 22,362 31,005 72.1% 71.6% 72.6%
Maternity 16,664 19,665 84.7% 82.2% 85.2%
Medical 67,337 83,065 81.1% 80.8% 81.3%
Mental Health 8,138 9,775 83.3% 82.5% 84.0%
Mixed 40,175 48,249 83.3% 82.9% 83.6%
Neonatal Care 11,215 12,694 88.3% 87.8% 88.9%
Oncology/Haematology 24,624 29,300 84.0% 83.6% 84.5%
Other 40,415 47,978 84.2% 83.9% 84.6%
Paediatrics 11,303 13,187 85.7% 85.1% 86.3%
Palliative 7 12 58.3% 32.0% 80.7%
Peri-operative 2,110 2,779 75.9% 74.3% 77.5%
Radiology 963 1,112 86.6% 84.5% 88.5%
Renal 23,771 27,088 87.8% 87.4% 88.1%
Sub Acute 20,224 24,239 83.4% 83.0% 83.9%
Surgical 110,341 135,496 81.4% 81.2% 81.6%
Transplantation Unit 2,268 2,642 85.8% 84.5% 87.1%

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Compliance Rates by Peer Group

Public hospitals only

Public Peer Group**Correct
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower
95%
CI
Upper
95%
CI
Principal (n= 97) 232,512 286,723 81.1% 80.9% 81.2%
Large (n=41) 49,028 58,903 83.2% 82.9% 83.5%
Medium (n=81) 21,697 25,830 84.0% 83.5% 84.4%
Small (n=327) 34,115 39,998 85.3% 84.9% 85.6%

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Private hospitals only

Private Peer GroupCorrect
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower
95%CI
Upper
95% CI
PPG 1 (n= 6) 21,286 25,810 82.5% 82.0% 82.9%
PPG 2 (n= 5) 10,247 12,311 83.2% 82.6% 83.9%
PPG 3 (n= 12) 24,397 29,999 81.3% 80.9% 81.8%
PPG 4 (n= 18) 17,367 21,487 80.8% 80.3% 81.3%
PPG 5 (n= 28) 16,480 19,482 84.6% 84.1% 85.1%
PPG 6 (n= 66) 13,791 16,454 83.8% 83.2% 84.4%
PPG 7 (n= 53) 5,643 6,763 83.4% 82.5% 84.3%

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Private day hospitals only

Day Hospital Peer GroupCorrect MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95% CIUpper 95% CI
Large (n= 15) 4,446 4,999 88.9% 88.0% 89.8%
Medium (n= 28) 4,919 5,859 84.0% 83.0% 84.9%
Small (n= 30) 2,792 3,321 84.1% 82.8% 85.3%

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Standalone and Satellite Dialysis Centres only

Dialysis Centres Peer GroupCorrect MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95% CIUpper 95% CI
Large (n= 19) 2,902 3,426 84.7% 83.5% 85.9%
Small (n= 7) 512 603 84.9% 81.8% 87.5%

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Period Two

National Data - National Hand Hygiene Initiative

Audit Period Two 2015 - 1st April - 30th June

Data have been collected nationally from a total of 860 hospitals from both the public and private sectors. The average compliance rate was 82.8%

Overall Compliance Rate

 Correct
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower
95% CI
Upper
95% CI
Overall
Rate
433,456 523,762 82.8% 82.7% 82.9%

Number of data submissions by state

StatePublicPrivate
ACT 2 5
NSW 225 89
NT 5 1
QLD 97 72
SA 22 20
TAS 16 9
VIC 114 68
WA 79 36
Total 560 300

Compliance Rate by Moment

MomentCorrect
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower 95% CIUpper 95% CI
1 - Before Touching A Patient 118,501 149,147 79.5% 79.2% 79.7%
2 - Before Procedure 42,963 50,061 85.8% 85.5% 86.1%
3 - After a Procedure or Body Fluid Exposure Risk 53,948 60,114 89.7% 89.5% 90.0%
4 - After Touching a Patient 132,233 151,821 87.1% 86.9% 87.3%
5 - After Touching A Patient's Surroundings 85,811 112,619 76.2% 75.9% 76.4%

Figure 1. National Hand Hygiene Compliance Rate By Moment
 

Compliance Rate by Health Care Worker

HCW TypeCorrect
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower
95% CI
Lower
95% CI
Nurse/Midwife 300,495 348,322 86.3% 86.2% 86.4%
Medical Practitioner 50,941 71,873 70.9% 70.5% 71.2%
Personal Care Staff 17,318 22,625 76.5% 76.0% 77.1%
Allied Health Care Worker 22,886 27,696 82.6% 82.2% 83.1%
Administrative and Clerical Staff 1,746 2,232 78.2% 76.5% 79.9%
Invasive Technician 6,410 7,822 81.9% 81.1% 82.8%
Domestic 9,603 13,345 72.0% 71.2% 72.7%
Student Doctor 1,886 2,485 76.3% 74.6% 77.9%
Student Nurse/Midwife 16,618 20,091 82.7% 82.2% 83.2%
Student Allied Health 1,076 1,336 80.5% 78.3% 82.6%
Student Personal Care 144 184 78.3% 71.8% 83.6%
Other - Not Categorised Elsewhere 4,323 5,751 75.2% 74.0% 76.3%

Figure 2. National Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates by Healthcare Profession
Figure 1 depicts the compliance rates for each of the 5 Moments. The highest rates of compliance were after completion of a procedure (89.7%) and after touching a patient (87.1%). 

Figure 2 depicts the compliance rate by healthcare worker professional group. 

Medical Staff hand hygiene compliance rate by Moment

MomentCorrect MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95% CIUpper 95% CI
1- Before Touching A Patient 13,539 20,574 65.8% 65.2% 66.5%
2 - Before Procedure 4,887 6,203 78.8% 77.7% 79.8%
3 - After a Procedure or Body Fluid Exposure Risk 5,301 6,638 79.9% 78.9% 80.8%
4 - After Touching a Patient 17,397 22,292 78.0% 77.5% 78.6%
5 - After Touching A Patient's Surroundings 9,817 16,166 60.7% 60.0% 61.5%

Nursing/Midwifery Staff hand hygiene compliance rate by Moment

MomentCorrect MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95%
CI
Upper 95%
CI
1 - Before Touching A Patient 84,322 101,497 83.1% 82.8% 83.3%
2 - Before Procedure 32,403 37,053 87.5% 87.1% 87.8%
3 - After a Procedure or Body Fluid Exposure Risk 41,030 44,818 91.5% 91.3% 91.8%
4 - After Touching a Patient 90,928 101,506 89.6% 89.4% 89.8%
5 - After Touching A Patient's Surroundings 51,812 63,448 81.7% 81.4% 82.0%

Compliance Rates By Ward Type

Ward Type*Correct MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95%
CI
Upper 95%
CI
Acute Aged Care 1,375 1,746 78.8% 76.8% 80.6%
Ambulatory Care 14,197 17,059 83.2% 82.7% 83.8%
Critical Care Unit 45,839 56,715 80.8% 80.5% 81.1%
Dental 4,667 5,186 90.0% 89.1% 90.8%
Emergency Department 19,554 26,219 74.6% 74.0% 75.1%
Long-term Care 17 19 89.5% 68.6% 97.1%
Maternity 16,732 19,622 85.3% 84.8% 85.8%
Medical 60,975 75,665 80.6% 80.3% 80.9%
Mental Health 6,492 7,533 86.2% 85.4% 86.9%
Mixed 37,160 44,418 83.7% 83.3% 84.0%
Neonatal Care 8,947 10,142 88.2% 87.6% 88.8%
Oncology/Haematology 24,062 28,776 83.6% 83.2% 84.0%
Other 33,522 39,321 85.3% 84.9% 85.6%
Paediatrics 11,044 12,810 86.2% 85.6% 86.8%
Palliative 20 25 80.0% 60.9% 91.1%
Peri-operative 5,317 6,767 78.6% 77.6% 79.5%
Radiology 1,783 2,005 88.9% 87.5% 90.2%
Renal 22,528 25,875 87.1% 86.7% 87.5%
Sub Acute 18,997 22,600 84.1% 83.6% 84.5%
Surgical 98,416 119,127 82.6% 82.4% 82.8%
Transplantation Unit 1,812 2,132 85.0% 83.4% 86.4%

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Compliance Rates by Peer Group

Public hospitals only

Public Peer Group**Correct
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower
95%
CI
Upper
95%
CI
Principal (n= 97) 219,525 269,544 81.4% 81.3% 81.6%
Large (n=41) 42,032 50,151 83.8% 83.5% 84.1%
Medium (n=78) 18,634 22,263 83.7% 83.2% 84.2%
Small (n=319) 30,197 35,345 85.4% 85.1% 85.8%

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Private hospitals only

Private Peer GroupCorrect
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower
95%CI
Upper
95% CI
PPG 1 (n= 7) 19,137 22,540 84.9% 84.4% 85.4%
PPG 2 (n= 4) 7,628 9,064 84.2% 83.4% 84.9%
PPG 3 (n= 13) 22,952 27,621 83.1% 82.6% 83.5%
PPG 4 (n= 17) 15,128 18,159 83.3% 82.8% 83.8%
PPG 5 (n= 27) 15,870 18,882 84.0% 83.5% 84.6%
PPG 6 (n= 64) 13,289 15,691 84.7% 84.1% 85.2%
PPG 7 (n= 53) 5,094 6,042 84.3% 83.4% 85.2%

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Private day hospitals only

Day Hospital Peer GroupCorrect MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95% CIUpper 95% CI
Large (n= 15) 4,129 4,790 >86.2% 85.2% 87.1%
Medium (n= 28) 4,422 5,224 84.6% 83.6% 85.6%
Small (n= 36) 3,532 4,161 84.9% 83.8% 85.9%

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Standalone and Satellite Dialysis Centres only

Dialysis Centres Peer GroupCorrect MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95% CIUpper 95% CI
Large (n= 19) 2,755 3,366 81.8% 80.5% 83.1%
Small (n= 7) 677 757 89.4% 87.0% 91.4%

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Period Three

National Data - National Hand Hygiene Initiative

Audit Period Three 2015 - 1st July - 31st October

Data have been collected nationally from a total of 890 hospitals from both the public and private sectors. The average compliance rate was 83.2% .

Overall Compliance Rate

 Correct
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower
95% CI
Upper
95% CI
Overall
Rate
500,537 601,929 83.2% 83.1% 83.2%

Number of data submissions by state

StatePublicPrivate
ACT 2 4
NSW 226 91
NT 5 3
QLD 97 73
SA 23 21
TAS 16 9
VIC 130 72
WA 79 39
Total 578 312

Compliance Rate by Moment

MomentCorrect
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower 95% CIUpper 95% CI
1 - Before Touching A Patient 137,344 172,427 79.7% 79.5% 79.8%
2 - Before Procedure 50,933 58,748 86.7% 86.4% 87.0%
3 - After a Procedure or Body Fluid Exposure Risk 63,763 70,689 90.2% 90.0% 90.4%
4 - After Touching a Patient 151,126 173,526 87.1% 86.9% 87.2%
5 - After Touching A Patient's Surroundings 97,371 126,539 76.9% 76.7% 77.2%

Figure 1. National Hand Hygiene Compliance Rate By Moment
 

Compliance Rate by Health Care Worker

HCW TypeCorrect
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower
95% CI
Lower
95% CI
Nurse/Midwife 345,821 398,887 86.7% 86.6% 86.8%
Medical Practitioner 58,068 81,264 71.5% 71.1% 71.8%
Personal Care Staff 20,821 26,745 77.9% 77.3% 78.3%
Allied Health Care Worker 24,975 30,641 81.5% 81.1% 81.9%
Administrative and Clerical Staff 1,996 2,527 79.0% 77.4% 80.5%
Invasive Technician 7,113 8,577 82.9% 82.1% 83.7%
Domestic 11,076 15,513 71.4% 70.7% 72.1%
Student Doctor 2,377 3,135 75.8% 74.3% 77.3%
Student Nurse/Midwife 22,112 26,382 83.8% 83.4% 84.3%
Student Allied Health 1,278 1,676 76.3% 74.2% 78.2%
Student Personal Care 230 272 84.6% 79.8% 88.4%
Other - Not Categorised Elsewhere 4,670 6,310 74.0% 72.9% 75.1%

Figure 2. National Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates by Healthcare Profession


Figure 1 depicts the compliance rates for each of the 5 Moments. The highest rates of compliance were after completion of a procedure (90.2%) and after touching a patient (87.1%). 

Figure 2 depicts the compliance rate by healthcare worker professional group. 

Medical Staff hand hygiene compliance rate by Moment

MomentCorrect MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95% CIUpper 95% CI
1- Before Touching A Patient 15,432 23,309 66.2% 65.6% 66.8%
2 - Before Procedure 5,734 7,148 80.2% 79.3% 81.1%
3 - After a Procedure or Body Fluid Exposure Risk 6,260 7,831 79.9% 79.0% 80.8%
4 - After Touching a Patient 19,801 25,430 77.9% 77.4% 78.4%
5 - After Touching A Patient's Surroundings 10,841 17,546 61.8% 61.1% 62.5%

Nursing/Midwifery Staff hand hygiene compliance rate by Moment

MomentCorrect MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95%
CI
Upper 95%
CI
1 - Before Touching A Patient 97,243 116,717 83.3% 83.1% 83.5%
2 - Before Procedure 38,450 43,554 88.3% 88.0% 88.6%
3 - After a Procedure or Body Fluid Exposure Risk 48,452 52,669 92.0% 91.8% 92.2%
4 - After Touching a Patient 103,213 114,951 89.8% 89.6% 90.0%
5 - After Touching A Patient's Surroundings 58,463 70,996 82.3% 82.1% 82.6%

Compliance Rates By Ward Type

Ward Type*Correct MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95%
CI
Upper 95%
CI
Acute Aged Care 2,850 3,683 77.4% 76.0% 78.7%
Ambulatory Care 17,324 20,609 84.1% 83.6% 84.6%
Critical Care Unit 51,401 63,331 81.2% 80.9% 81.5%
Dental 5,017 5,440 92.2% 91.5% 92.9%
Emergency Department 23,496 30,952 75.9% 75.4% 76.4%
Long-term Care 474 610 77.7% 74.2% 80.8%
Maternity 19,155 22,762 84.2% 83.7% 84.6%
Medical 72,405 88,932 81.4% 81.2% 81.7%
Mental Health 7,746 8,994 86.1% 85.4% 86.8%
Mixed 42,133 50,204 83.9% 83.6% 84.2%
Neonatal Care 11,255 12,633 89.1% 88.5% 89.6%
Oncology/Haematology 28,437 33,202 85.6% 85.3% 86.0%
Other 23,541 27,782 84.7% 84.3% 85.2%
Paediatrics 14,791 17,110 86.4% 85.9% 87.0%
Palliative 660 773 85.4% 82.7% 87.7%
Peri-operative 23,409 28,426 82.4% 81.9% 82.8%
Radiology 3,120 3,689 84.6% 83.4% 85.7%
Renal 26,765 30,632 87.4% 87.0% 87.7%
Sub Acute 23,221 27,453 84.6% 84.2% 85.0%
Surgical 101,776 122,807 82.9% 82.7% 83.1%
Transplantation Unit 1,561 1,905 81.9% 80.2% 83.6%

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Compliance Rates by Peer Group

Public hospitals only

Public Peer Group**Correct
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower
95%
CI
Upper
95%
CI
Principal (n= 95) 258,477 315,936 81.8% 81.7% 81.9%
Large (n=40) 42,555 50,617 84.1% 83.8% 84.4%
Medium (n=80) 24,353 29,246 83.3% 82.8% 83.7%
Small (n=342) 38,550 44,737 86.2% 85.8% 86.5%

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Private hospitals only

Private Peer GroupCorrect
Moments
Total
Moments
Compliance
Rate
Lower
95%CI
Upper
95% CI
PPG 1 (n= 6) 18,246 21,703 84.1% 83.6% 84.6%
PPG 2 (n= 5) 9,964 11,816 84.3% 83.7% 85.0%
PPG 3 (n= 12) 26,813 31,763 84.4% 84.0% 84.8%
PPG 4 (n= 18) 19,520 23,029 84.8% 84.3% 85.2%
PPG 5 (n= 28) 17,407 20,783 83.8% 83.2% 84.3%
PPG 6 (n= 68) 14,788 17,513 84.4% 83.9% 85.0%
PPG 7 (n= 56) 6,587 7,774 84.7% 83.9% 85.5%

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Private day hospitals only

Day Hospital Peer GroupCorrect MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95% CIUpper 95% CI
Large (n= 13) 4,152 4,750 87.4% 86.4% 88.3%
Medium (n= 30) 5,456 6,298 86.6% 85.8% 87.4%
Small (n= 37) 3,571 4,059 88.0% 86.9% 88.9%

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Standalone and Satellite Dialysis Centres only

Dialysis Centres Peer GroupCorrect MomentsTotal MomentsCompliance RateLower 95% CIUpper 95% CI
Large (n= 21) 3,014 3,607 83.6% 82.3% 84.7%
Small (n= 7) 697 807 86.4% 83.8% 88.6%

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