May 5, 2014
Monday, May 5 is National STOP! Clean Your Hands Day and 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.
The solution is simple – proper hand hygiene. Using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub at the four moments of patient care remains one of the best ways to combat HAIs.
The four moments of hand hygiene are; Moment 1 – before initial patient contact, Moment 2 – before aseptic procedure, Moment 3 – after body fluid exposure risk, and finally, Moment 4 – after patient contact.
LHSC’s 2013 hand hygiene rates, released April 30, 2014, show a high compliance to all four moments of hand hygiene with University Hospital at 92.1% compliance and Victoria Hospital at 90.3% compliance. LHSC’s hand hygiene rates for Moment 1 and Moment 4 are reported annually to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Patients, family, and visitors also have a role to play in preventing the spread of infections. Whether you are receiving care, or visiting someone who is, you should get into the habit of washing your hands several times a day.
Let’s continue to work together to prevent the spread of infections. Remember today, and every day, to STOP! Clean Your Hands.