E-Bulletin Dec 2016

National Data Period Three 2016

 National data for Audit 3 2016 has now been released - click HERE to view it

(National data is available on the website after the NHHI Advisory Committee meeting. This occurs approximately 6 weeks from the close of the audit period).

HHA Workshop at ACIPC 

New Initiatives in Hand Hygiene

The 2016 HHA workshop held in Melbourne on the 20th November and was well attended with over 180 registrations. Thanks to all those who attended and provided feedback with suggestions for next years workshop. For those who wished to attend and couldn't be there, video links will be available shortly for all presentations under the tab HHA meetings and Conferences.

Learning Packages

On the 27th September HHA released an updated version of the Hand Hygiene online learning modules. This update added a new section on Skin Care to the existing content.

The Skin Care section was created by The Occupational Dermatology Research & Education Centre, Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc.  and was funded by Safe Work Australia.

If you wish to view more information regarding skin care please visit this website: Here

In the near future HHA hope to have a standalone module on Skin Care available via the HHA LMS. This module will provide in depth knowledge on common occupational skin issues and recommended management. It will also be created by The Occupational Dermatology Research & Education Centre.

Organisation address in HHCApp

HHA are in the process of updating the details page for each organisation. Please check the details page of your facility. If the address is missing or incorrect, please let us know by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


HHCApp Enhancements

Compliance Meters print button

A print button is now available to make printing the compliance meters easier (see below).


Department Poster

The new Department Poster provides a one page summary report for each deparment. This can be printed for display purposes or can be downloaded as a PDF for easy distribution.

The report is sent to you via email and is also available in the new Exports tab. The email address attached to the login will automatically appear in the email box below. If this email address is incorrect, please click on your name in the top right corner to amend your profile. If this is not your personal profile, please contact HHA to set you up correctly


 Exports tab

 The new Exports tab provides a list of all PDFs and export files that have been run within the last 7 days. If you need to run them again, simply click on the 'Download file' link.

Users tab

There is more than one way to find your list of auditors. By clicking on the Users tab, and filtering for the role 'Auditor', you can search for all of the auditors attached to your facility. You can now also download this list to a spreadsheet using the new download buttons underneath the list.


Journal Club

As any Australian hand hygiene auditor knows, patient curtains represent a common barrier to appropriate hand hygiene among healthcare workers. Previous studies have demonstrated that patient curtains can be contaminated with hospital pathogens including Staphylococcus aureus and enterococci (including VRE). In this recent study, Larocque and colleagues evaluated transfer of such pathogens from patient curtains to healthcare worker hands. In a cohort of emergency department healthcare workers, 50% (15/30) acquired bacteria on their fingertips from contact with patient curtains. While in this case the acquired bacteria were considered ‘non-pathogenic’, this provides evidence that handling curtains is a plausible route for transfer of hospital pathogens and antimicrobial resistance determinants. 

Reference: Larocque M, Carver S, Bertrand A, McGeer A, McLeod S, Borgundvaag B. Acquisition of bacteria on health care workers' hands after contact with patient privacy curtains. Am J Infect Control. 2016;44(11):1385-1386. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.04.227