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Focus on hand hygiene reduces norovirus outbreaks

28 Nov 2016, Infection Prevention & Control

In 2014 Waikato District Health Board (DHB) experienced two severe outbreaks of norovirus, a highly-infectious bug which can cause severe diahorrea and vomiting.

Change to orthopaedic surgery reporting

22 Sep 2016, Infection Prevention & Control

The Health Quality & Safety Commission has decided to stop reporting skin antisepsis preparation as a quality and safety marker (QSM) for orthopaedic surgery. Reporting on skin antisepsis preparation will continue for cardiac surgery.

Waikato DHB's success with frontline ownership

20 Sep 2016, Infection Prevention & Control

Frontline ownership (FLO) is giving staff at Waikato District Health Board (DHB) a new way of improving patient care, and they are loving every minute of it.

Handle antibiotics with care!

19 Nov 2015, Infection Prevention & Control

This week is World Antibiotic Awareness Week and everyone has a part to play in reducing the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Automated data collection system being tested

21 Aug 2015, Infection Prevention & Control

The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Surgical Site Infection Improvement (SSII) programme has simplified the way data relating to interventions for cardiac surgery is collected, and an automated approach is being tested.

Celebrating hand hygiene at Southern DHB

20 Aug 2015, Infection Prevention & Control

Southern District Health Board (DHB) is celebrating success after achieving 85.4 percent compliance in the latest hand hygiene audit.

Hand hygiene practice reaches six-year high

13 Jul 2015, Infection Prevention & Control

The Health Quality & Safety Commission congratulates district health boards (DHBs) on reaching the national goal of 80 percent compliance with hand hygiene by 30 June 2015.