One moment doctor! Have you forgotten hand hygiene?

Gwendolyn L Gilbert
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00934
Published online: 1 September 2014

In reply: Auditing the five moments of hand hygiene is potentially subjective, but auditor training is designed to ensure consistency between auditors within and between health care settings. Interpretative differences cannot explain consistent differences in compliance between professions. Moments sometimes, legitimately, coincide. The example given by Barnes is a double moment that would be audited as two correct moments if nothing were touched in between, as described in the Hand Hygiene Australia manual:

  • Marie Bashir Institute for Emerging Infections and Biosecurity, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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