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October 15, 2012
The most effective way to prevent the transmission of infection is through good hand hygiene practice. During National Infection Control Week, October 15-19 London Health Sciences Centre is reminding patients and visitors they too can, “Spread knowledge, not infection!” by cleaning their hands while in our facilities. It’s important that patients and visitors remember to wash their hands with soap and water or with the alcohol based hand rub located inside and outside each patient room and at all entrances. It only takes 20-30 seconds to stop the spread of infection.
LHSC continues to work to ensure staff and physicians practice good hand hygiene through ongoing infection prevention education, participation in provincial hand hygiene campaigns and by installing alcohol-based hand rub at patients’ bedsides and throughout our facilities. We have also included our hand hygiene rates as part of our Quality Improvement Plan key indicators.
“Hand hygiene behavior is the responsibility of every individual,” says Cathy Vandersluis, Director of Infection Safety, LHSC. “Patients can help by asking if their health care provider has washed their hands before they start an examination. Visitors need to remember to wash their hands before and after they visit their loved one.”
LHSC continues to build on previous strategies to increase hand hygiene. Hand hygiene is the primary measure for enhancing patient safety by reducing healthcare associated infection and the spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.
View this video to learn more about how LHSC is recognizing National Infection Control Week: http://animoto.com/play/NqVshuYSy1U1E7Fxu2hAXg
Anna Leaper, an 11 year old patient understands the importance of hand hygiene. After being in Children’s Hospital for an extended period of time Anna made a sign to encourage her visitors to wash their hands before they came and visited her. It’s important that patients and visitors remember to wash their hands with soap and water or with the alcohol based hand rub located inside and outside each patient room and at all entrances. It only takes 20-30 seconds to stop the spread of infection.