High-five for handwash initiative in Aussie hospitals

Hygiene compliance rose 20% during the infection control trial

For every 10% increase in hand hygiene adherence, the incidence of hospital-acquired Staphylococcus aureus drops 15%, according to findings from an Australian-first infection control trial.

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It’s high-fives all round for the final results of the eight-year project to encourage the use of alcohol-based handwash in more than 100 hospitals.

The program, developed by Hand Hygiene Australia, highlighted to hospital staff five key moments for disinfecting hands, which included before and after touching a patient, carrying