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Hand Hygiene New Zealand celebrates 10 years

Infection prevention and control Reducing harm
26 April 2022

2022 marks 10 years of all 20 district health boards (DHBs) participating in the Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ) programme.

In 2012 DHBs implemented smartphone technology to improve the auditing process, the HHNZ implementation guide was refreshed and the HHNZ auditing manual published. By October that year, all 20 DHBs were actively participating in the HHNZ programme and submitting hand hygiene data to the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

Since 2012 hand hygiene compliance has increased from 62.1 percent to 86.7 percent. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Canterbury DHB celebrates 10 years of hand hygiene improvement (1.7MB, pdf).

Below are some images of DHBs promoting hand hygiene during this period.

ADHB WHHD hospital foyer stand with hand hygiene graphs and IPC team members

ADHB IPC team celebrate WHHD 2021

Graph showing increase in Auckland DHB hand hygiene compliance rates from 2014 to 2021

ADHB hand hygiene compliance success

A box of 12 cupcakes with a handprint and slogan on the icing

Cupcakes for WHHD

Two members of the Hutt Valley DHB IPC team in front of their foyer banner on WHHD 2021

Claire Underwood and Angela Corn from Hutt Valley DHB celebrating WHHD in 2021

Two IPC nurse specialists play table tennis bats in the shape of hands

Southland IPC team celebrate WHHD with hand hygiene table tennis

Two staff wearing hand hygiene t-shirts in front of wall display in Ward 16 Whangarei hospital.

Northland DHB promote hand hygiene on Ward 16

Two posters of ward staff promoting hand hygiene in Wellington hospital

Ward posters in Wellington Hospital promoting hand hygiene

Collage of photos from Counties Manukau DHB world hand hygiene day 2017

Counties Manukau DHB celebrate WHHD in 2017

Children from Starship wards celebrate hand hygiene in 2017