Detection of hand hygiene compliance by a validated observer (direct observation) is currently considered the gold standard in hand hygiene compliance monitoring. (WHO 2009)
( Above image taken from WHO hand hygiene guidelines 2009 with thanks )
Recognising the need for a standardised approach to hand hygiene and hand hygiene audits, the WHO launched a user centered concept for recognising when hand hygiene should be done - The '5 moments of hand hygiene.'
Using this same concept, audit, training and education can be carried out in a consistent, logical manner.
Clean care is safe care
- Hand hygiene audits promote clean care.
- Improving hand hygiene compliance by 10% can reduce Healthcare Assocated Infections by 25%
- Save £130,000 by improving hand hygiene compliance rates by as little as 10%