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HHNZ news 2013


Hospital hand hygiene performance continues to improve 
10 December 2013

District health boards (DHBs) continue to reach new heights of hand hygiene improvement as healthcare workers learn and apply better methods in the course of caring for their patients, says Dr Joshua Freeman, Clinical Lead for Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ). Find out more here.


Hand hygiene performance report: 01 July to 31 October 2013
03 December 2013

The latest DHB hand hygiene performance results are now available. View them here.


Hand Hygiene New Zealand Moves into Year Three
01 October 2013

Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ) will continue for a third year thanks to a newly extended partnership with the Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission). Find out more here.


Hand hygiene compliance data report: 01 April to – 30 June 2013
29 July 2013

Results from the latest hand hygiene audit period are now available to view here.


New campaign encourages health sector to be Open for better care
17 May 2013

A new national patient safety campaign focusing on reducing harm in the areas of falls, surgery, healthcare associated infections and medication has been launched by the Health Quality & Safety Commission. To read about the national campaign click here.


Waitemata Hits New High in Hand Hygiene
17 May 2013

Waitemata District Health Board’s drive for continuous improvement in patient care has seen it hit a new high in hand hygiene compliance. Click here to read their media release.


Hand hygiene compliance data report: 01 November to – 31 March 2013

09 May 2013

Anonymised results from the latest hand hygiene audit period are now available to view here.


Life-size photos of healthcare workers used in Bay of Plenty hand hygiene campaign
03 May 2013

Over the next month, the Bay of Plenty District Health Board is putting visual emphasis on how hospital staff can stop the spread of infection by practicing good hand hygiene. Find out more here.


World Hand Hygiene Day: Clean hands save lives
03 May 2013

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May is an important reminder of the vital role hand hygiene plays in preventing harm to patients. Read the Minister’s full media release here.


Happy World Hand Hygiene Day
03 May 2013

As World Hand Hygiene Day approaches on Sunday 5 May 2013, district health boards (DHBs) and health care workers throughout New Zealand can celebrate a positive step in improving hand hygiene practice. Read our media release here.


Messages of support from senior executives
01 May 2013

Hand hygiene is a priority for DHBs throughout the country. To show their commitment, senior healthcare executives have sent us messages of support that highlight the importance they place on good hand hygiene practice. Take a look at the messages here.


New HHNZ competition launched! Who will be our Clean Hands Champion for 2013?
30 January 2013



We are on the look-out for a hand hygiene star! The HHNZ Clean Hands Champion of the Year 2013 Award seeks to crown an individual healthcare worker who consistently performs outstanding hand hygiene and who encourages others to do the same. Read more here.


Clinicians talk about hand hygiene
07 January 2013



The Health Quality and Saftey Commission has produced a short video featuring interviews with clinicians discussing the 5 moments for hand hygiene and why hand hygiene is important.

Watch the video here.