from Grayson et al. 2018
published in Lancet Infect Dis; 18: 1269–1277
DOI 10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30491-2

Effects of the Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative after 8 years on infection control practice, health-care worker education and clinical outcomes: a longitudinal study

Higher hand hygiene-compliance standards will lead to lower HAI rates

The aim of this study was to analyze the effectiveness and outcomes of the national-wide Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) in a longitudinal study (8 years). The implementation of the NHHI in Australian hospitals has been associated with significant sustained improvement in hand hygiene compliance and a decline in the incidence of HA-SAB. A 10 % increase in HHC is associated with 15 % decrease in bloodstream infections.