STOP! Clean Your Hands Day

May 5, 2016

Thursday, May 5th is national STOP! Clean Your Hands Day and London Health Sciences (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.

What can you do to decrease the odds of spreading or getting an infection?

Clean your hands:

  • Before and after touching others
  • Before and after eating
  • When your hands are visibly soiled
  • After using the bathroom
  • After coughing or sneezing

LHSC staff follow the four moments of hand hygiene:

  • Moment 1 – before contact with the patient or their environment;
  • Moment 2 – before doing a procedure;
  • Moment 3 – after contact with body fluid; and,
  • Moment 4 – after contact with the patient of their environment.

How do I clean my hands?

Alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR) are available throughout the hospital and are easily identified by the bright red buttons on the front of the dispenser. To use ABHR, apply the product to the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to cover all areas of your hands and continue to rub for 15 seconds or until your hands feel dry. If your hands are visibly soiled, you will need to use soap and water. To use soap and water, wet hands with warm water, lather soap and cover all surfaces of your hands, continue to lather for 15 seconds, rinse with warm water and use a paper towel to dry your hands and turn off the taps. 

Let’s continue to work together to prevent the spread of infections. Remember today, and every day, to STOP! Clean Your Hands.