Hand Hygiene NZ releases two new resources

28 Aug 2017 | Infection Prevention & Control

The Hand Hygiene NZ (HHNZ) programme have released two new resources to support the local implementation of the HHNZ programme and consistent reporting of the outcome marker – rate of healthcare associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (HA-SAB) per 1000 bed-days.

Revised HHNZ auditing manual

The hand hygiene auditing manual was updated and released in July 2017 by the HHNZ programme. This manual includes updated guidance for hand hygiene auditing to encourage spread of improvement in district health boards (DHBs). Spreading hand hygiene improvement across clinical areas is an area of focus for the HHNZ programme because it will help embed strong hand hygiene practices within DHBs.

The updated auditing manual includes the following updates:

  • a stronger focus on spreading and sustaining improvement
  • a revised section on selection of clinical areas for auditing
  • a new section on validation of the auditing process
  • new criteria to demonstrate the spread of improvement across high risk and other clinical areas.

New implementation guide for the surveillance of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB)

A new implementation guide for the surveillance of SAB was published by the Commission for DHBs in August 2017. The aim of this guide is to support accurate and reliable reporting of HA-SAB by DHBs in New Zealand. The SAB surveillance guide outlines the criteria for determining whether SAB cases are designated as community or healthcare associated. It also updates the existing HA-SAB surveillance definition.

Changes have been made to the SAB definition in two areas:

  1. the method of collecting denominator data 
  2. the surveillance of HA-SAB following surgical procedures involving surgical implants has been extended from 30 to 90 days.

This guide will support IPC teams and clinicians in implementing HA-SAB surveillance and identifying the focus for improvement activities.

Last updated 05/09/2017