Yes you can audit in single rooms, it may take a little longer than multi-bed rooms, but is certainly possible. You must ensure you position yourself to be able to see all movement into and out of that room, the hand hygiene products and the care being given to the patient.
Hand Hygiene Auditors must complete the Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator (HAE) training pathway in the NHHI LMS before training other auditors. This ensures all HAEs have the requisite skills and knowledge to facilitate auditor training and the auditors they trained have standardised knowledge of how to audit hand hygiene practices.
Please note: Health service organisations are able to collect and submit additional moments in excess of the recommended moments for each facility type. However, it is important to review the required data and consider its implications for targeted improvement strategies before collection of additional data.
HHCApp Region Administrators and Organisation Administrators can add local HCW types for their region/organisation. This allows them to collect data specifically on hand hygiene compliance for a particular healthcare worker group.
No. As completion of the training pathway can take some time, it is important to prioritise selection of people from relevant clinical and non-clinical backgrounds, and people who will maintain their auditor status.
If you are trained to assist in an emergency situation, put your auditing equipment away and assist. If you are not trained to assist, step aside and leave your auditing for another time, or move to another area to audit. Patient safety always comes first.
The hand hygiene auditor role differs between organisations, depending on the experience and knowledge of the individual auditor. However, the Commission strongly recommends that auditors do not just audit, but are an integral part of the hand hygiene team. Suggested roles for an "auditor" are:
Assist with data review and planning of improvement strategies based on audit results.
Hand Hygiene Auditor and Hand Hygiene Auditor Educator training
A national training roster of Hand Hygiene Auditor Educators has been established in the NHHI LMS to support greater access to auditor training and encourage networking. It also supports Hand Hygiene Auditor Educators to meet revalidation requirements and maintain their educator status. Participation in the national roster is strongly encouraged. Your region/organisation’s preference for participating in the national training roster can be updated at any time.
If a health network or corporate group or individual organisation/facility participates in the national training roster, their Hand Hygiene Auditor Educators can enter information about training sessions they plan to deliver in the NHHI LMS training calendar. Learners can book these training sessions via the NHHI LMS, regardless of their location or the organisation that employs them.
Health networks, corporate groups and individual organisations/facilities that do not participate in the national training roster will need to provide in-house auditor training using the NHHI LMS hand hygiene auditor training resources. Learners from these groups can only enrol in local training sessions via the NHHI LMS.