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May 5, 2015
Tuesday, May 5 is national STOP! Clean Your Hands Day and London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is leading the way in practicing good hand hygiene.
Organisms such as bacteria and viruses are commonly transmitted on your hands. Hand hygiene is the primary measure for enhancing patient safety by reducing hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and the spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.
Clean your hands:
Alcohol-based hand rubs are available throughout the hospital and are easily identified by the bright red buttons on the front of the dispenser. If your hands are visibly soiled, you will need to use soap and water. Cleaning your hands only takes 15 seconds! Make sure you cover all surfaces. If you are using soap and water, don’t forget to use a paper towel to turn off the taps.
LHSC staff follow the four moments of hand hygiene:
LHSC’s 2014 hand hygiene rates for staff, released in late April, show a high compliance to all four moments of hand hygiene. LHSC’s hand hygiene rates for Moment 1 and Moment 4 are reported annually to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Let’s continue to work together to prevent the spread of infections. Remember today, and every day, to "STOP! Clean Your Hands."