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National hand hygiene compliance report: 1 November 2022 to 28 February 2023

18 Apr 2023

Introduction | Kupu whakataki

This report presents results for the period 1 November 2022 to 28 February 2023, including national hand hygiene compliance for:

  • 19 health districts (districts)*
  • 20 private surgical hospitals (PSHs).

*(Capital and Coast results are now combined with Hutt Valley)

Data was extracted on 9 March 2023.

The Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission) measures compliance as part of the Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ) programme.

The HHNZ programme uses the World Health Organization’s ‘5 Moments for Hand Hygiene’ multimodal improvement strategy to drive culture change and establish hand hygiene best practice for every patient, every time.

Summary of results for this audit period | He whakarāpopoto hua mō tēnei wā arotake

  • National compliance for districts was 85.0 percent, compared with 85.5 percent in the previous audit period.
  • National compliance for PSHs was 81.7 percent, compared with 83.1 percent in the previous audit period.
  • Twelve districts and thirteen 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 continue to audit, educate and promote hand hygiene. Achieving high rates of compliance improves patient safety