Quality & Patient Safety

Australia: Handwashing campaign to counter hospital-acquired infections

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, October 28, 2008

By next year, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare will launch a nationwide campaign to get healthcare workers washing their hands, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Health ministers are also expected to pass a requirement for all hospitals to disclose rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Between 2,000 and 3,500 patients die each year in Australi from hospital-associated infections, according to the Herald.

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