Audit Tools

Evaluation and feedback is one of the five components included in the WHO Multimodel Hand Hygiene Culture Change Progam and includes the collection of hand hygiene compliance data. Hand hygiene compliance is a valid and reliable measure within the acute care sector, in both public and private hospitals throughout Australia. HHA currently receive data from the majority of acute hospitals within Australia. 

As hand hygiene compliance is the established outcome for assessing the effectiveness of a hand hygiene program within the National Hand Hygiene Initiative, collection and submission of hand hygiene compliance data by organisations is directed by the established Audit Guidelines. The Hand Hygiene Australia hand hygiene compliance auditing method is by direct observation of healthcare workers. Hand hygiene compliance data is only able to be collected and submitted by validated auditors.

Hand Hygiene Australia do not currently recommend routine hand hygiene compliance auditing with the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene audit tool as an outcome measure in the non-acute, primary care or mental health setting. However all facilities should be aware of their jurisdictional requirements when planning measurements of their hand hygiene program.

A number of of additional assessment tools are also available for use when compliance auditing is not appropriate or as a means of addressing identified issues.