Website tracks hospital hand hygiene

Hand hygiene data has been added to the federal government's MyHospitals website.

The data is collected by auditors at individual hospitals and collated by the operator of the website, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Data is provided by state and territory health departments for public hospitals and by private hospitals that have elected to be included in MyHospitals.

It joins other publicly available data such as number of admissions, waiting times for emergency departments and elective surgery and other safety and quality indicators such as golden Staph infections acquired in hospital.

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said the website uses a ‘speed dial’ to show rates of hand hygiene for 233 public hospitals, compared to a national benchmark of 70 per cent compliance.

The 70 per cent benchmark is an interim benchmark based on advice from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and is used to compare how often staff in a hospital follow hand hygiene procedures before and after coming into contact with patients, she said.

The speed dials show whether a particular hospital’s hand hygiene rates are lower than, similar to or higher than the benchmark.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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