E-Bulletin Dec 2010

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December, 2010

hha1 Welcome to the festive season edition of the quarterly HHA e-bulletin

There has been a fantastic response from hospitals across Australia with over 500 hospitals submitting hand hygiene compliance audit data for submission period 3. The overall national data rates for Period 3, 2010 will be available soon.

hha1 Gold Standard Auditor (GSA) Forums

To date nine Gold Standard Auditor Forums have been conducted in all but two Jurisdictions during the latter part of 2010.  They have provided an excellent opportunity to update attendees on the progress of the National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) and have also allowed for many fruitful discussions on a variety of aspects on improving hand hygiene compliance. Currently, there are three further planned Forums for 2011 (see below), with the intentions to conduct more NSW forums during 2011.

hha1 SA:  Adelaide ( Level 2, Citi Centre Building, Department of Health) - 2nd February 2011

hha1 NSW: Tweed Hospital - 18th February 2011 

hha1 NSW: Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital - 15th March 2011

hha1 NSW: Sydney Adventist Hospital - 16th March 2011 

Book your attendance for a 2011 GSA Forum at this link.

hha1 New Online Learning Packages (OLP)

Specific OLP for Medical  &  Nursing  staff are now available at this link: Here . An Allied Health staff OLP will available in early 2011.

hha1 Enhanced educational DVD

The 5 Moments DVD has now been enhanced and includes a 10 minute
narrative presentation explaining the 5 moments*. They are available (one per facility with the ability to burn further copies) by ordering online at this link

*Note this file can also be viewed via the website at any computer with access the internet.

hha1HHCApp Enhancements

When adding a new session the time format is now 24 hour clock (e.g. 17:30) rather than the previous 12 hr clock (e.g. 05:30 pm). There are also now several mobile electronic means for collecting audit data available or being developed for use in early 2011:

hha1 Available now is an audit collection tool specifically designed for a Hewlett Packard PDA, model HP iPAQ212.

hha1Available now for existing Top Cat users is a hand hygiene data collection tool.

hha1Currently under development is a mobile platform for use with smart phones& other web browsing devices ( e.g. iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry & Windows based phones) and  will be available in early 2011. 

All of these above mobile audit tools will provide a quick and easy means of electronically collecting data which will facilitate a seamless uploading of data into HHCApp. If you would like more information on any of the above mobile devices please contact Kel Heard at 

hha1 Workshop Resources

Workshop & auditing resources previously provided on CD's are now available on the Workshop Resources page. To access this page you will be required to login to the HHA website select the blue  'Workshop'   button from the left hand column and then select the   'Workshop   Resources' page link underneath this button. If you have an old CD please archive it, and start using the resources on the website to ensure you are always working from the most up to date versions. Only people who have attended a HHA Auditing Workshop are able to access this page. If you do not have a website login your facility hand hygiene coordinator should be able to create this for you, or please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to assist.

hha1 Annual Auditor Assessment

In order to maintain auditor skills, all auditors will be required to complete an online annual assessment commencing early 2011. This annual assessment will also require auditors to have collected a minimum of 100 moments in the previous year. More details will follow in the New Year.

hha1 Hand hygiene compliance audit  submission periods for 2011:

hha1 Period 1 - 18th March, 2011

hha1 Period 2 - 1st July, 2011

hha1 Period 3 - 4th November, 2011

hha1 Do you have a success story that you would like to share with others?

At a recent Gold Standard Auditor Forum it was suggested that HHA have a web page where participating sites can share their 'success stories'. If you have had success in increasing your hand hygiene compliance rates, and would be willing to share with others how you managed to do so, please send us your story. In particular we would be keen to know how you identified any problem areas, what specific interventions/activities you undertook, and what the outcome was. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we look forward to hearing from you.

hha1 Articles of interest:

hha1Alemango, S.A., et al. (2010). Online Learning to Improve Hand Hygiene Knowledge and Compliance Among Health Care Workers. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 41(10): 463-471.

hha1 Mathai, E., et al. (2010). Educating healthcare workers to optimal hand hygiene practices: addressing the need.  Infection, 38:349-356.