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Hand Hygiene and Infection Prevention

All staff are expected to clean their hands with alcohol based hand rub or soap and water before and after touching a patient or an object.  We observe our staff when they complete hand hygiene activities and we put what we see into graphs showing how often staff completed their hand hygiene correctly.  We also audit other infection prevention and control practices.  
See the hand hygiene and Infection Prevention results for Far West LHD.

Why is this important?
Better hand hygiene by health care workers helps to reduce the spread of infection in hospitals. Avoiding infections is one way to help people get better and go home quicker. 
Clean in, clean out – it is OK for you as a patient or health care consumer to ask staff to clean their hands if you haven’t seen them clean them on their way in to see you and on their way out after seeing you.