Bay of Plenty DHB rates poorly for washing hands

It seems the Bay of Plenty District Health Board is one of the worst in the country when it comes to washing their hands.

In a report released by Health Quality and Safety Commission, the health board failed to meet the national target of eighty percent of staff washing their hands.

All DHBs employ auditors who observe and record hospital staff hand washing before touching a patient, before procedure, after a procedure or body fluid exposure risk, after touching a patient, and after touching a patient's surroundings.

It was one of the worst five health boards in the country not to have reached the national target

The Taranaki District Health Board staff are the worst in the country at washing their hands, their compliance rate was 69.8 per cent.

Medical experts say the risk of healthcare workers not washing their hands before and after touching a patient can be life-threatening.

Sam Gardner