Non-acute Care

General Information

Hand Hygiene Australia do not recommend routine hand hygiene compliance auditing as an outcome measure in the non-acute or primary care settings. However,all facilities should be aware of their jurisdictional requirements when planning a hand hygiene program, which may include auditing in these areas.

If auditing is required HHA recommend auditing in areas where one on one care is provided to a patient by a healthcare worker, and areas where procedures are conducted.

HHA recommend the use of other program evaluation tools within the non-acute or primary care sector. These might include: staff hand hygiene knowledge surveys, hand hygiene technique audits, product placement/availability audits, and reports of OLP completion by staff.

Resources

The World Health Organisation has published the Hand Hygiene in Outpatient and Home-based Care and Long-term Care Facilities: A Guide to the Application of the WHO Multimodal Hand Hygiene Improvement Strategy and the “My Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” Approach. This document explains the evidence of how the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene can be incorporated into the non-acute setting. It also gives detailed examples in non-acute settings of how to audit according to the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene.