Leading healthcare professionals partner with HAI WATCHDOG* Awards program to prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections


Kimberly-Clark is pleased to announce the 2013 HAI WATCHDOG* Awards program is now open for submissions online:

The awards were created to recognise HAI (Healthcare-Associated Infection) champions who make a difference in reducing and preventing these serious, often life-threatening HAIs.

However, the fight against preventable HAIs cannot be won by a single individual, company or hospital. Which is why Kimberly-Clark is very excited to announce the program is supported in Australia and New Zealand by such high-profile healthcare professionals as Professor Geoffrey Dobb, Director of Critical Care at Royal Perth Hospital and Vice President of Australian Medical Association (AMA) and Ruth Melville, President of Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) and Nurse Unit Manager at the Operating Room Suites at Nambour General Hospital.

"Between 7-10% of patients admitted to hospitals acquire a healthcare-associated complication. 

In fact the national mortality rate is 7,000" revealed Ruth.

Professor Dobb believes fighting HAIs needs to be embraced by a whole of hospital program and leadership needs to be seen coming from hospital CEOs, ensuring that it is a high priority for each and every hospital. Only through such initiatives it is possible to reassure the community that healthcare professionals are doing everything they can to minimise HAIs and patients can feel safe when they enter any hospital.

"Between 7-10% of patients admitted to hospitals acquire a healthcare-associated complication and this may be on the increase. In fact, the national mortality rate is 7,000" revealed Ruth. This makes HAIs the most common complication affecting patients in hospitals. As well as causing unnecessary pain for infected patients and their families, these adverse events prolong hospital stays and are costly to the health system1.

Facilities in Australia and New Zealand are encouraged to submit HAI prevention initiatives they have implemented between 1 September 2012 - 30 August 2013, to be judged by an independent panel of healthcare experts in the 2013 HAI WATCHDOG* Awards.

Last year Mohammad Alshadiefat from Auckland District Health Board, Rosie Lee from Royal Perth Hospital and Ruth Strickland-Ross from Lismore Base Hospital gained national acclaim for their initiatives in the field as winners of a $1,500 educational grant from Kimberly-Clark in the HAI WATCHDOG* program.

1. Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) "Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare" 2010