Prevent preventable infections in patient care by using a hand hygiene monitoring system for optimal reporting.
Use this Hand Hygiene Audit Checklist to evaluate hand hygiene practices based on WHO's five moments.Download template
Use this hand hygiene compliance checklist to internally evaluate the hand hygiene techniques of healthcare workers.Download template
This audit will help you outline infection control hazards.Download template
A hand hygiene audit is carried out in healthcare facilities to assess the hand hygiene compliance in healthcare workers. The hand hygiene audit tool aims to prevent the spread of infections between staff and patients as far as possible, utilizing observation controls.
Although easily preventable, infections transmitted in the course of standard patient care are still one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide - with over 1.4 million cases a year that can occur at any time. The simplest and most effective countermeasure is for healthcare professionals to correctly apply hand hygiene techniques during the five moments of patient care.
Regular hand hygiene audits in hospitals and other healthcare facilities are an essential part of successful infection control.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the following points be observed during hand hygiene audits in the health care system:
Contact the hospital administration before the audit begins. State the observation period, and the purpose for implementing hand hygiene monitoring systems in the hospital. Inform the health personnel about the type of data documentation (e.g. utilizing photo documentation).
All areas in which patient care is regularly provided are audited. Introduce yourself to the head nurse, the head physician of the department or the head of the department and explain your observational function. Try to gather a range of information across the different wards and departments.
The privacy of patients must not be compromised during the audit. Obtain the written consent of the patient if necessary. Audits must not be conducted during extreme situations (e.g. emergency medical treatment, signs of uncontrolled stress in a health care worker).
Perform the audit according to the WHO 5 moments of hand hygiene:
BEFORE patient contact
BEFORE aseptic activities
AFTER contact with potentially infectious material
AFTER patient contact
AFTER contact with the direct patient environment
Communicate your feedback to the medical staff on the implementation of hand hygiene. Compliance scores are determined by the ratio of the number of actions (hand hygiene) performed to the number of opportunities (moments). Share your results with management, department heads, board members and staff who primarily have patient contact.
Lumiform's mobile app helps you comply with RKI hand hygiene guidelines with ease. Facilitate data collection and reporting as a healthcare auditor with a digital solution for your inspections. In summary, the key features of the app: