October 26, 2016
LHSC is proud to celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week Oct. 24-28 with a variety of activities to highlight the importance of providing safe patient care.
On Monday, Oct. 24, teams from across LHSC’s sites were encouraged to decorate their hand-washing stations to help promote the importance of hand hygiene as a component of safe patient care. Entries were judged by Cathy Vandersluis, Vice President of Surgical Services, Cardiac Care and Neurosciences.
Scoring was based on a possible 50 points, comprised of:
- up to 20 points for overall appearance
- 5 points for each "moment" highlighted (20 points total)
- 5 points for info on how to "hand wash"
- 5 points for extra creativity
Congratulations to the Level 1 Radiology team at Victoria Hospital whose hand-hygiene station was judged most effective and to the 10th floor Epilepsy Unit at University Hospital who won a special team award for enthusiasm and creativity! Special recognition also goes out to our second and third place teams – 5IP at UH and CCU at VH. Visit our Facebook page to see more of the entries!
Washing your hands properly is one of the most important things you can do to help prevent and control the spread of many illnesses. Most germs in hospitals can be spread by unclean hands. Each time a person touches an object or another person, germs go along for the ride. An infection could prolong a patient’s hospital stay.
For more information on how you can decrease the chances of spreading or getting an infection, visit LHSC’s Hand Hygiene webpage.