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REACH Project: Gel Dot Audits Data

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These data were collected prospectively for the REACH study, funded by the NHMRC GNT1076006, in 11 Queensland hospitals, between May 2016 and July 2017. This single dataset is the complete records of gel dot audits to measure effective cleaning practices throughout the REACH trial.

Hardware used to analyse data: DAZO® Fluorescent marking gel, Ultraviolet (UV) light torch and an iPad mini.

Software used to analyse data: iCombat software (provided by Visibility Solutions; set up according to site ward structure), R, Microsoft Excel.


Access rights

Data is available for open access. For queries relating to the data, please contact Professor Adrian Barnett. For queries relating to the REACH project, please contact Alison Farrington (Research Project Manager).

Geographical area of data collection

Box Hill Hospital, Box Hill, VIC; Fiona Stanley Hospital, Murdoch, WA; Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park, SA; Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital, Chermside, QLD; John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW; Launceston General Hospital, Launceston, TAS; Northern Hospital, Epping, VIC; Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba, QLD; Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, Herston, QLD; St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Spring Hill, QLD; University Hospital Geelong, Geelong, VIC.


Mitchell BG, Hall L, White N, Barnett AG, Halton K, Paterson DL, Riley TV, Gardner A, Page K, Farrington A, Gericke C, Graves. An environmental cleaning bundle and health-care-associated infections in hospitals (REACH): a multicentre, randomised trial. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(18)30714-X/fulltext

Research areas

Hospital cleaning audit
Health Economics
Public health and health services
Frequent touch points

Cite this collection

Mitchell, Brett G; Hall, Lisa; White, Nicole; Barnett, Adrian; Halton, Kate; Paterson, David L; Riley, Tom V; Gardner, Anne; Page, Katie; Farrington, Alison; Gericke, Christian A; Graves, Nicholas (2019): REACH Project: Gel Dot Audits Data. Queensland University of Technology. (Dataset) https://doi.org/10.25912/5c9c4879d4c99

Related information

Australian Centre For Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) https://www.aushsi.org.au/

Partner institution

Kimberly-Clark Professional https://www.kcprofessional.com.au/
Ecolab Pty Ltd https://www.ecolab.com/
Whiteley Corporation https://www.whiteley.com.au/
Wesley Medical Research https://www.wesleyresearch.org.au/
Australian Catholic University https://www.acu.edu.au/
University of Western Australia https://www.uwa.edu.au/
Avondale College http://www.avondale.edu.au/

Data file types

Types: Records of 25443 gel dot audits from 11 Australian hospitals; 1729 ward cleaning staff; 190 wards; 11% of available beds audited three monthly. File format: .xlsx. File size: 18KB


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© Queensland University of Technology, 2019.

Dates of data collection

From 2016-05-01 to 2017-07-31


Name: Professor Adrian Barnett
Phone: +61 7 3138 6010


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Published - Open Access