2012 HAI WATCHDOG* Winners Announced...

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Created to recognize the efforts of dedicated healthcare personnel around the world and their HAI prevention initiatives, the inaugural HAI WATCHDOG* Awards program is an initiative of the HAI WATCHDOG* Program, which was designed to facilitate sharing of best practices worldwide among clinicians.

Although the HAI WATCHDOG* Awards are run in the US, Canada and the UK, this is the first time Australian and New Zealand healthcare professionals could participate and we have had an overwhelming response to the program.

Congratulations to our HAI WATCHDOG* Award Winners:

Clinician’s Choice Award – Online Voting:

Clinician’s Choice Award

Title: All Screwed Up – Reprocessing Single Use Sterile Screws
Facility Name: Richmond Network Surgical Services
Submitted by: Ruth Strickland-Ross

Panel-Judged Award:

Panel-Judged Award

Category: ICU Infection Prevention Initiative

Title: Achievement of zero Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSIs) over 12 month period in a Tertiary Hospital
Facility Name: Royal Perth Hospital
Submitted by: Rosie Lee

Clinician’s Choice Award – Online Voting

Category: CSSD Infection Prevention Initiative

Title: CSSD fight against a creeping contamination incident
Facility Name: Central Sterile Supply Department at Auckland District Health Board
Submitted by: Mohammad Alshadiefat

Kimberly-Clark Health Care’s independent judging panel has recognized these first place winners, who will be awarded $1,500 educational grants to support their HAI prevention educational efforts, plus:

  • Healthcare industry and local community recognition through news releases and features on
  • A commemorative 1st place plaque

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Honorary Mentions:

Clinician’s Choice Award

Title: “Naked below the Elbow” - Keep your pants on!!
Facility Name: Southland Hospital

Title: The ribbon game. Positive feedback to promote the 5 moments of hand hygiene.
Facility Name: National Capital Private Hospital


Category: CSSD Infection Prevention Initiative
Title: CSU fight against rip rewraps and saved by the blues
Facility Name: Central Sterilising Unit at Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Congratulations to all our winners and those who submitted an entry and received honorary mentions, for their superlative efforts and commitment to excellence!

013 HAI WATCHDOG* Awards

We are now accepting entries into the 2013 HAI WATCHDOG* Awards! These awards recognize outstanding HAI education and prevention initiatives that achieve significant results in reducing HAIs, to address this serious healthcare concern.

How the Awards Program Works:

Facilities in Australia and New Zealand enter HAI prevention programs/initiatives they have implemented in their facility between: 1st September 2012 - 30th August 2013, to be judged by an independent panel of healthcare experts.

The categories for entry are:

Clinician’s Choice Award – Online Voting

HAI prevention initiatives that help educate and build awareness but may not be directly measured by specific HAI rate changes. The Award recipients are selected via online public voting to determine the winners.


Entries must showcase measurable changes in HAI rates over time. A panel of judges, comprising independent healthcare professionals with expertise in infection prevention, will evaluate each entry based on innovation and impact of program effectiveness.

Categories for Entry:
ICU Infection Prevention Initiative
Operating Theatre Infection Prevention Initiative
CSSD Infection Prevention Initiative
HAI Prevention Initiative - Facility Wide

Deadlines for 2013 HAI WATCHDOG* entries:

U.S. / Canada: 31 January 2013
United Kingdom: 31 January 2013
Australia / New Zealand: 30 September 2013