Media release from Kimberly-Clark Health Care
Kimberly-Clark Health Care is accepting nominations for their 2013
HAI WATCHDOG* Awards Program for Australian and New Zealand
hospitals as part of their global awards program.
With concerns regarding HAIs growing worldwide, these awards were
created as an initiative of the Kimberly-Clark HAI WATCHDOG*
Program, to recognise HAI champions who make a difference in
reducing and preventing these serious, often life-threatening
While many hospitals in New Zealand continue to battle with HAIs,
one hospital is taking action. Auckland District Health Board being
proactive and leading the way for others in HAI prevention, after
taking home first place in the HAI WATCHDOG* Awards program for its
CSSD Infection Prevention Initiative in its first year of the
program in Australia and New Zealand as judged by an independent
The CSSD developed and implemented a program titled "CSSD fight
against a creeping contamination incident," led by Mohammad
Alshadiefat of the Central Sterile Supply Department at Auckland
District Health Board.
The program focused on reducing HAIs and internal customer
rejections by reviewing the cleaning of surgical instruments to
determine whether additional decontamination procedures and steps
need to be instigated in sterile-service departments to reduce the
risk of infection.
Mohammad Alshadiefat said the initiative not only led to a more
effective preparation model for surgical instruments, but that it
was cost and time saving for the health board.
"It was concluded that there was an immediate need for removing the
pre-soak bath as these are not controlled. Furthermore, there was a
saving of almost $100,000 annually on detergent and soaking bath
water and a reduction of 4 minutes on average per set reprocessing
in the Decontamination area," said Mohammad.
To continue their efforts in the reduction and prevention of the
serious, and often life threatening infections, the hospital has
been provided with a Kimberly-Clark Health Care grant to further
their staff educational efforts.
To continue their efforts in the reduction and prevention of HAIs
the hospital has been provided with a Kimberly-Clark Health Care
HAI WATCHDOG* educational grant.
To find out more about Auckland District Health Board's initiative
please visit: www.haiwatchdog.com.
Two other hospitals also took out top honours in the HAI WATCHDOG*
Awards program in Australia and New Zealand. Royal Perth Hospital
won ICU Infection Prevention Initiative Category for the program
titled "Achievement of zero Central line associated blood stream
Infections (CLABSIs) over 12 month in a Tertiary Hospital" which
was led by Rosie Lee, Coordinator, Infection Prevention and
Management Royal Perth Hospital.
Lismore Base Hospital won first place in the Clinician Choice
Category with a program titled "All Screwed Up - Reprocessing
Single Use Sterile Screws," led by Ruth Strickland-Ross, CSSD
Manager. The program aimed to reduce potential HAIs during surgery
that may have originated from re-stocking screw banks in the
To find out more about these initiatives please visit: www.haiwatchdog.com.
Do you know of an HAI prevention initiative that deserves
Deadlines for 2013 HAI WATCHDOG* Award entries:
Australia / New Zealand: 30th September 2013
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