Ajay Oza or Sheila Donlon, Health Protection Surveillance Centre Dublin Ireland
|Originally developed by:||Clinical Programme for the prevention of HCAI & AMR and Health Protection Surveillance Centre|
|Country of origin:||Ireland|
|Year of development:||2011|
|Last updated:||No information available|
|Next update:||No information available|
|Available in the following languages:||English|
Type of tool: tool for evaluation and feedback
The aim of the tool is to collate and analyse hand hygiene compliance data. Data from hand hygiene audits are entered in a Microsoft excel tool and overall and individual ward results are automatically generated in table and graph format.
This tool is designed to be used by infection prevention and control teams and hand hygiene auditors to provide immediate results of hand hygiene compliance audits.
Applicability (setting e.g. inpatient care, outpatient care, long term care etc.)
This tool can be used by any facility using the WHO 5 moments for hand hygiene; in Ireland primarily used in acute facilities but has been used in elderly care nursing homes also.
Information on how the tool has been applied/tested in practice
The tool has been used since 2011 by all acute hospitals in Ireland. Mandatory hand hygiene compliance data from acute facilities are submitted to the national coordinating centre using the tool. A formal evaluation has not been undertaken, however no issues have been reported. Facilities in the UK and Canada have requested permission to use and adapt the tool.
Needed resources (financial, material, human)
Basic IT skills
Needed time for implementation
The transfer of data from paper form to the excel tool takes time, however it can be used with hand held devices that are compatible with excel.
Strengths and limitations
As it is an excel tool, results from audits undertaken at different times cannot be aggregated.