At Mater, hand hygiene is one of the best ways to stop infections. Therefore, as a priority, we educate and train all staff and volunteers in the World Health Organisation’s five moments for hand hygiene:
- Before touching a patient
- Before a procedure
- After a procedure or body fluid exposure risk
- After touching a patient
- After touching a patient’s surroundings
We rank significantly higher than national targets for hand hygiene according to Hand Hygiene Australia. Our auditors complete hand hygiene compliance audits three times a year and we participate in the Hand Hygiene Australia national hand hygiene strategy to continually improve our hand hygiene rates.