Healthcare-associated infections are a major concern to the community.
Vision Eye Institute is committed to minimising the risk of infection transmission to our patients, staff and visitors. We have implemented a number of initiatives and programs to detect and prevent infections that can occur in ophthalmic surgical facilities. Details of our day surgery facilities can be found here.
Efficient hand hygiene is the single most important strategy in preventing healthcare-associated infections. Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA) defines hand hygiene in general terms as referring to any action of hand cleansing. This includes:
When performed correctly, hand hygiene results in a reduction of microorganisms on the hands. We have implemented a HHA-compliant hand hygiene program across our organisation. Vision Eye Institute ensures that all staff are trained in the 5 moments of hand hygiene:
Audits are conducted annually to measure compliance in the clinical setting. Each site has an allocated Gold Standard Auditor who is trained by Hand Hygiene Australia. Consumers entering Vision Eye Institute facilities are encouraged through appropriate signage to use the alcohol-based hand rub solutions provided.
Target number of moments for day hospitals (medium) is 200.
For relative comparison with VEI data, a sample of 200 moments is indicated below:
*Hand Hygiene Data for Audit Period 3 – 2016 (October)
(NHHI Audit Three 2016)
Data has been collected nationally from both the public and private sector hospitals. The National Australian average is 84.1%. Hand Hygiene Australia
1. Hand Hygiene Australia. http://www.hha.org.au/. Accessed online 7 March 2017.