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Hand hygiene is a key issue for our hospital, and our hospital has mobilized resources, such as the MOHLTC Just Clean Your Hands Program, to enhance patient and health care provider safety through improved hand hygiene within our organization. As SHHA is in the initial stages of implementing this program, our compliance rates reflect observations that have been completed prior to staff and physician education.
Patient safety remains the most important priority for our hospital; this involves ensuring that patients are not at risk for contracting health care-associated infections.
- We know that good hand hygiene is the single most effective way to reduce the risk of health care-associated infections.
- Hand washing is something we all do, but it’s also something that we want to continue to do better.
- To be clear, health care providers are washing their hands. What the provincial audit tool does is help ensure that they are washing them the right way at the right times.
- We have sound infection control programs in place and are committed to using standardized patient safety data and public reporting to drive further improvements.
- Last March, 100% of Ontario hospitals participated in the government’s Just Clean Your Hands training program – an evidence-based, multi-faceted hand hygiene program to support hand hygiene improvement in hospitals.
- We are working to create a culture of patient safety involves everyone – health care administration, health care professionals, and, of course, patients and families.
What can patients do to help improve their own safety?
Hand hygiene involves everyone in the hospital, including patients. Hand cleaning is one of the best ways you and your health care team can prevent the spread of many infections. Patients and their visitors should also practice good hand hygiene before and after entering patient rooms.
2013 SHHA HAND HYGIENE COMPLIANCE RATES
Types of Indications
# Times Hand Hygiene was Performed
# Observed Hand Hygiene Indications
Before initial patient/patient environment contact
|After patient/patient environment contact
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