Mental Health

General Information

Hand Hygiene Australia do not recommend routine hand hygiene compliance auditing as an outcome measure in the mental health setting. However, all facilities should be aware of their jurisdictional requirements when planning a hand hygiene program, which may include auditing in this area.

If auditing is required HHA recommend auditing in areas where one on one care is provided to a patient by a healthcare worker, and areas where procedures are conducted.

HHA recommend the use of other program evaluation tools within the mental health sector. These might include: staff hand hygiene knowledge surveys, hand hygiene technique audits, product placement/availability audits, and reports of OLP completion by staff.