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New Zealand : District health boards celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day.

District health boards (DHBs) across the country celebrated World Hand Hygiene Day on May 5 in a range of ways. Staff celebrating hand hygiene day at Waikato DHB

Waikato DHB used the day as a chance to gather feedback on new hand hygiene promotional resources. The acute medical unit team converted the new laminated cards into hats and won a competition for the most innovative placement of the new material.

Infection prevention and control (IPC) representatives at Hutt Valley DHB made morning tea for staff which included hand-shaped biscuits, and cupcakes decorated with hands made of icing.

Promotional material from the hand hygiene staff at Hutt Valley DHB.

The team handed out spot prizes to people seen performing hand hygiene (including visitors and patients) using hand-shaped certificates, some of which came with a coffee voucher.

Auckland DHB combined a focus on surgical site infections and the achievements of the Surgical Site Infection Improvement Programme with the promotion of its pilot project, Take a Moment. The project is a reinvigoration of the World Health Organizations 5 moments for hand hygiene and has been trialled this year in Auckland City Hospitals medical wards.

Auckland DHB staff celebrate hand hygiene day at a display stand.

South Canterbury DHB featured a banner on the staff intranet so that staff logging in were reminded of World Hand Hygiene day; WHO posters were distributed among clinical areas about when to use hand hygiene moments when care involved the use of catheters, CV lines, peripheral lines, endotracheal tubes and wound care; hand hygiene auditing was carried out and hand hygiene informally promoted among staff; and a hand hygiene presentation on hand hygiene was given at the staff forum.

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Date:May 23, 2016
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