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WHO global hand hygiene survey

19 Jun 2015, Infection Prevention & Control

The World Health Organization (WHO) has extended an invitation to the Health Quality & Safety Commission to participate in the global hand hygiene self-assessment framework survey.

Hand hygiene – celebrating ongoing improvement

7 May 2015, Infection Prevention & Control

The latest national hand hygiene audit shows district health boards (DHBs) are well on the way to achieving 80 percent hand hygiene compliance with the ‘5 moments for hand hygiene’ by June 2015.

Glove use one opportunity for World Hand Hygiene Day, says Commission

5 May 2015, Infection Prevention & Control

As today’s World Hand Hygiene Day marks the 10th anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Clean is Safer Care programme, latest figures show New Zealand health care workers continuing to make good progress with their performance.

Hand Hygiene New Zealand journey

4 May 2015, Infection Prevention & Control

As the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Hand Hygiene Day approaches on 5 May 2015, the Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ) team have developed a graphic to showcase the achievements of the national programme.

Hand hygiene for medical students

24 Apr 2015, Infection Prevention & Control

Medical students at The University of Auckland's school of medicine take hand hygiene seriously.

Regional infection prevention and control meetings

18 Dec 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

The Health Quality & Safety Commission, in partnership with Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ), the Surgical Site Infection improvement (SSII) Programme and local clinical champions, hosted regional infection prevention and control (IPC) meetings in Auckland

New Zealanders urged to go easy on their use of antibiotics

17 Nov 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

The Health Quality & Safety Commission has joined Australia, the United States, Canada and countries throughout Europe to highlight the problem of antimicrobial resistance and the need for responsible use of antibiotics.

Wanganui Hospital CLAB free for 1030 days

12 Nov 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

Wanganui Hospital’s Critical Care Unit’s focus on prevention of central line associated bacteria (CLAB) and rigorous hygiene, has resulted in picc lines, central lines and portocaths being free of bacteria for 1030 days in a row.

Antibiotic Awareness Week 2014

7 Nov 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

During International Antibiotic Awareness Week (17-23 November 2014) the Health Quality & Safety Commission is joining colleagues in Australia, the UK, Canada, the US and European countries in raising awareness of the global threat of antimicrobial resist

Everyone has a part to play in infection prevention and control

21 Oct 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

International Infection Prevention Week, October 20-26, is a reminder that infection prevention and control is everyone’s business and responsibility – whether you are a patient, family member or health care professional, says the Health Quality & Safety

West Coast leads Australasia in systemic fight against infections

8 Aug 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

In a first for Australasia, the West Coast District Health Board (DHB) is using software in both its hospitals and general practices that could help identify any superbug outbreaks and will track resistance to antibiotics.