E-Bulletin Feb 2011

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February 2011

hha1 Welcome to the the first edition of the quarterly HHA e-bulletin for 2011.

hha1 Revised hand hygiene compliance data submission dates for periods 2 & 3Period 2 & 3 data submission dates have been changed to coincide with end of month reporting, see new dates below:
hha1Period 1 - 18th March, 2011
hha1Period 2 – 30th June, 2011
hha1Period 3 – 31st October, 2011 Note data collection period starts now for the March 18th submission for those collecting over a 6-8 week period, contact your jurisdictional coordinator or HHA if you have any concerns or need assistance with HHCAPP.

hha1 Gold Standard Auditor (GSA) Forums

hha1 NSW: Tweed Hospital - 18th February 2011
hha1NSW: Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital - 15th March 2011
hha1NSW: Sydney Adventist Hospital - 16th March 2011
hha1VIC: Gippsland Region, TBA

To book a place on a GSA Forum follow this link.

hha1 Annual Auditor Validation

The annual auditor validation process has now commenced. This process now requires all auditors to annually collect a minimum of 100 moments and complete the auditor online learning package (OLP). To view the full auditor validation process document follow this link: Auditor Validation To complete the auditor OLP follow this link.

hha1 HHCApp enhancements 

hha1 The improvements to HHCApp continue.  One which will please many is the inclusion of a row number when entering the data manually.  Hopefully this will make it easier to workout where you were up to when you get distracted.

hha1 We have had a couple of phone calls from people wondering why there wasn’t an audit name for them to select from when they went to enter data.  Each period the organisation administrator needs to add the currently active NHHI audit to their organisation (NHHI Audit One, 2011).  This is effectively telling us that “Yes, we are participating” and allows the Jurisdiction Coordinators to keep track of peoples progress.

hha1 Collect compliance data on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

More exciting news is the release of a mobile version of HCCApp for use with smart phones & other mobile web browsing devices. It has been initially designed to work using the Safari web browser on Apple devices, such as wireless enabled iPhones, iPads or iPod Touches.  We are working with the developers to try and expand the list of compatible devices in the next few months. This mobile audit tool will provide a seamless means of electronically collecting data which will be automatically uploaded straight into HHCApp. You can try it out by browsing to HHCApp Mobile on your mobile device.  Instructions are available on our website at  Here. If you would like more information on any of the above mobile devices please contact Kel Heard by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

hha1 Follow HHA on Facebook or Twitter

We have now created a HHA Facebook & Twitter accounts which can provide another means of keeping you in touch with the National Hand Hygiene Initiative. To follow HHA please click on one or both of the symbols below:Become a fan on Facebook Visit http://twitter.com/HandHygieneAus

hha1 Enhanced educational DVD still available

Copies of the 5 Moments DVD with an enhanced 10 minute narrative presentation explaining the 5 moments*, are still available by ordering online at this link.

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

hha1Gender based hand hygiene behaviour study

Would your organisation be interested in being involved in a study to investigate the role of gender in health care workers hand hygiene behaviour. Essentially all it will require is an extra gender box ticked during the normal compliance auditing using a slightly modified audit collection sheet (paper based audit tools only). If you are interested and would like more information please follow this link. or contact Paul Simpson by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

St John of God Murdoch Hospital published an article in the Hospital & Aged Care Magazine, October 2010. The article highlighted the strategies implemented to promote the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene program significantly increase hand hygiene awareness and improving compliance rates. To read the full article please follow this link:

SJOG Murdoch

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. 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 WHO - SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 5 May 2011: Here

hha1 Articles of interest:

hha1 Yeung, Wing K.M., B.M.P. Wai San Wilson Tam, and Tze W.M. Wong. Clustered Randomized Controlled Trial of a Hand Hygiene Intervention Involving Pocket‐Sized Containers of Alcohol‐Based Hand Rub for the Control of Infections in Long‐Term Care Facilities. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2011. 32(1): p. 67-76.

hha1 Mayer JMD, et al. Dissemination and Sustainability of a Hospital‐Wide Hand Hygiene Program Emphasizing Positive Reinforcement, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2011. 32(1): p. 59-66.