Surgeons can’t wash their hands of hygiene

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) plans to make selection for its education and training program conditional on certification by Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA). 

The college will work with HHA to develop learning modules specific to surgery, and the requirement for certification will apply to graduates seeking acceptance into the college’s 2013 intake, RACS dean of education Professor Bruce Barraclough said.

“The requirement that our new trainees have this proven commitment to hand hygiene reflects the college’s ongoing emphasis on the fundamental importance of hand washing,” he said.

The move highlighted the importance of preventing easily avoided hospital acquired infections and need for education on the issue, he said.

Meanwhile, an evaluation of the first two years of the Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative, 2009–10, showed hand hygiene compliance in 521 hospitals at the end of