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National hand hygiene compliance report: 1 July to 31 October 2022

22 Nov 2022

This report presents results for the period 1 July to 31 October 2022 including national hand hygiene compliance for:

  • 20 health districts
  • 23 private surgical hospitals (PSHs).

Data was extracted on 8 November 2022.

Compliance is measured as part of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s (the Commission’s) Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ) programme.

The HHNZ programme uses the World Health Organization’s ‘5 moments for hand hygiene’ framework to drive culture change and establish best hand hygiene practice for every patient, every time.

Achievements in this audit period

  • National compliance for districts was 85.5 percent, compared with 86.7 percent in the previous audit period.
  • National compliance for PSHs was 83.1 percent, compared with 82.9 percent in the previous audit period.
  • Twelve districts and seventeen PSHs achieved at or above the national target of 80 percent compliance.

Thank you to all the hand hygiene auditors, coordinators and gold auditor trainers who have continued to audit, educate about and promote hand hygiene over the past few years while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Achieving high rates of compliance improves patient safety.