Warwick Hospital keeping it clean

THE community of Warwick is in safe, clean hands.

Warwick Hospital director of nursing Janet Reid said the staff recently celebrated exceptional achievement in hand hygiene compliance and were well above the national average.

"For the audit period ending March we demonstrated a compliance level above 90% and managed to sustain this over time," Mrs Reid said.

"The rate is higher than the national benchmark of 70% and was based on over 650 hand hygiene moments."

Mrs Reid said Warwick staff understands the risk and impact poor hand hygiene can have on their patients.

"Improving hand hygiene compliance is currently the single most effective intervention to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections in Australian hospitals," she said.

The hospital staff has implemented a number of strategies to assist in improving hand hygiene compliance.

Mrs Reid said it was also important for visitors, family, friends and contractors to also ensure they practised good hand hygiene by either washing their hands before entering patients' rooms.



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