Posted 30th Oct 2015 in Infection Prevention & Control

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.

"To comply with the ‘5 moments’ health workers must clean their hands before and after contact with a patient, before and after a procedure, and after contact with a patient’s surroundings."

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.