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A review of the Hand Hygiene New Zealand programme

30 Nov 2022

This document describes the findings of a review of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s (the Commission’s) Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ) programme.  

In response to reaching the 10-year milestone for the programme and receiving informal sector feedback about the sustainability of HHNZ, a decision was made to undertake a review of the HHNZ programme. The purpose of the review was to evaluate whether the programme aligns with current best practice evidence and meets the needs of its stakeholders and to inform where future quality improvement activity would be best targeted. The review included: 

  • a national survey of the current delivery of the programme in public and private surgical hospitals  
  • a literature review of recent international evidence and best practice for hand hygiene programmes 
  • a horizon scan of similar programmes in Australia.