Health Quality & Safety Commission | Infection prevention – spread the word, not the germs!
International Infection Prevention Week, 19–23 October 2015
As International Infection Prevention Week begins, the Health Quality & Safety Commission says better hand hygiene habits are now embedded in New Zealand hospitals.
District health boards (DHBs) in New Zealand are now complying with the ‘5 moments of hand hygiene’ at least 80 percent of the time, says Dr Sally Roberts, clinical lead for the Commission’s Infection Prevention and Control programme.
She says hand hygiene is the simplest, most effective way to prevent the spread of healthcare associated infections, making it a key patient safety issue within the health sector.