Hand Hygiene New Zealand moves into year three

2 Oct 2013 | Infection Prevention & Control

Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ) will continue for a third year thanks to a newly extended partnership with the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

HHNZ aims to improve patient safety in New Zealand hospitals by reducing infections caused by inadequate hand hygiene practice. 

“Continuing for a third year provides HHNZ with an opportunity to support DHBs as they build upon their excellent achievements of the past two years,” says Dr Joshua Freeman, Clinical Lead, HHNZ.

Since phase two of the HHNZ programme began in September 2011, the national compliance rate has gone from a baseline of under 60 percent to 70.5 percent in June 2013. The positive impact of HHNZ along with other national quality improvement programmes is also reflected by a promising downward trend in Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia rates.

Planning is currently underway to determine where the key priorities lie for HHNZ during the coming year (due to end in June 2014). DHBs will be kept informed of these plans as the programme moves forward. One of the key aspects of HHNZ’s work in the third year will be to explore ways to ensure the core components of the HHNZ programme can be sustained in the longer term. That is, we need to find ways to sustain the components of the programme necessary to maintain high standards of hand hygiene practice in the New Zealand health system on an ongoing basis.

Year three also sees a new addition to the HHNZ team to help drive the programme forward. We welcome back the familiar face of Henry Dowler, who provided strategic leadership during phase one of the national quality improvement programme, as project manager.

“On behalf of the HHNZ team, we very much look forward to continuing our collaboration with DHBs and thank them for their hard work and commitment to date,” adds Dr Freeman.

For more information please contact HHNZ.

The HHNZ programme is delivered by Auckland District Health Board on behalf of the Health Quality & Safety Commission.


Last updated 02/10/2013