E-Bulletin May 2012

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May 2012

Data Submission Dates

Period Two 2012 - 30th June

Period Three 2012 - 31st October Remember submissions will not be accepted into HHCApp after midnight on the above dates.

Period 1 2012 National Data is now available on the HHA website HERE

HHA Manual

The HHA manual is currently undergoing a significant review and rewrite. We expect to release the new version 3 as soon as possible. If anyone would like to make a suggestion or comment on the content of the manual please contact Kate Ryan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Primary Care Survey Results

The Primary Care Setting (PCS) Needs Analysis survey was distributed in December of 2011 with the aim to gain information from health care workers in PCS about their knowledge, and practices in hand hygiene. The survey consisted of three parts looking at scope, current practices and future directions. Participation in the survey was voluntary and information collected de-identified. 544 primary health care workers completed the needs analysis survey. Clinical services provided in the responding facilities were highly varied, with the most responses coming from Community Health Centres (41%). Survey responses also demonstrated a large variation in the groups of health care workers working in the PCS.

Areas highlighted as priorities by respondents were availability of standardised tools, access to HH products, HH in patient homes and the education of the patients. Common barriers to HH reported were glove use, providing care in a patient’s home and difficulty staying up to date on HH. Suggested areas for HHA to focus on are PCS focused education, tools and guidelines. This information will be used to assist in the development of resources in conjunction with the WHO HH Guidelines for Outpatients settings relevant to PCSs in Australia. Thank you to all who distributed or completed the survey.

New On-Line Learning Packages

As mentioned previously, HHA continue to work with La Trobe University on the development of a student OLP targeting first year HCW students. Currently the OLP is being trialled by students at a number of tertiary institutions. It is anticipated the final version will be ready for use in 2013.Similarly work continues with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for a package that all trainee applicants will be required to undertake as part of the application criteria.

Mobile Device Survey Results

HHA would like to thank all HH program co-ordinators who completed this brief survey. The main objectives of this survey were to; measure the uptake of the Mobile Web Application MWA) via a mobile device (MD) ,identify what types of MDs are being used and identify any issues associated with the MWA.

Of the 96 responses, 32 (33%) indicated they used a MD for data collection. Of the 32, 59% were from public facilities, and 43% were from Victoria.

iPads® were the most commonly used MD (47%), followed by iPhones® (31%). Half of the MD’s used were owned by staff members.

Of all users, 84% found the application user friendly, and 88% indicated the HHA user instructions easy to follow. Significantly, 84% indicated that data collection was faster when compared to the paper tool, and 70% indicated that their total data management time had decreased by greater than half. There were some early issues with “syncing” data but these have all now been resolved.

HHA are very pleased with the results of the survey. Whilst the number of responses is small, there are clear advantages in using a MD.

Anecdotally, HHA are informed that many facilities have not purchased MDs because of cost issues. These results indicate that expenditure on MDs is easily justifiable given significant time efficiencies gained. This, together with the prevention of data entry error, benefits all those involved in hand hygiene data collection.

TIPS on using the mobile web application on your mobile device.

Did you know:

  • You only need to be connected to the internet via a Wi-Fi or 3G connection the 1st time you login to the mobile web application on your device or when you have completed a session and want to “sync” the data to the server. You don’t need to be in a Wi-Fi or 3G area whilst collecting the data.
  • Logging in creates a mini offline version of HHCApp on the mobile device which is linked to your username profile. On your mobile device the username is case sensitive, so if you log in with the username Ignaz one time and ignaz another time, it will create 2 completely separate profiles where your sessions are stored.
  • Changes made in HHCApp such as adding a new audit period or new department will only be updated on the device when you next login or tap the “sync” button.
  • “Syncing” a session that contains 100 moments uses approximately 650 bytes. If you have a 1 Gigabyte/month data plan this will use 0.00006% of your available 1,073,741,824 bytes.
  • HHA have a template letter on the website which outlines some basic information and the clear benefits of using the MD to collect data. You may find it useful in presenting your case to your manager for purchasing MDs. Once data is “synced” or entered manually reports can be run immediately to assess your hospitals performance. This is ideal as HHA strongly recommend quick feedback of data to clinical areas.
  • Take your time and make sure that you only hit the “sync” button once If you want to find out more about the MWA and MDs, Refer HHA website or contact Kel Heard - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 03 9496 6626

Upcoming Conference - Mark your diaries ACIPC Conference

Hugo Sax, Head of Infection Control Program, at the University Hospital Zurich, and one of the key people behind the development of the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene, is a keynote speaker at the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control Conference being held in Sydney in October. For all the details on the conference, go to Here

Changes at HHA by Phil Russo

As the NHHI moves into its maintenance phase, some jurisdictions have already commenced taking on greater ownership of the educational activities, particularly the Auditor workshops that HHA have been heavily involved in since start up. This gradual transfer of activity coincides with a reduction of activity and resources at HHA. Consequently, HHA will be farewelling Kaye Bellis and Darren Williams at the end of June 2012.

Darren, who only recently joined the team, will be returning to his clinical work. His clinical expertise was particularly valuable in delivering key messages on hand hygiene. We thank Darren for his excellent work and wish him well in the future. As an original HHA team member, Kaye has been integral to the success of the NHHI. Her friendly nature and knowledge on all things hand hygiene has helped many hospitals across Australia launch their hand hygiene programs. Please join me in thanking Kaye for her dedication and hard work.

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