STOP! Clean Your Hands Day

May 5, 2017

Friday, May 5 is National STOP! Clean Your Hands Day and London Health Sciences Centre continues to be a leader in practicing good hand hygiene. 

Hand hygiene is considered the most important method to reducing the rates of hospital acquired infections and the spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria. To promote this important preventive practice, alcohol-based hand rubs are available throughout the hospital and are easily identified by the bright red buttons on the front of the dispenser. Ensure to cover all surfaces of your hands and rub for 15 seconds. If your hands are visibly soiled, wash with soap and warm water, scrubbing vigorously for at least 20 seconds, ensuring coverage between fingers, fingernails and the back of your hands and wrists. Remember to use a paper towel to turn off the taps.

When should everyone clean their hands?

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

LHSC also ensures that staff practice the four moments of hand hygiene, which include: 

  • Moment 1 – Before initial patient/patient environment contact
  • Moment 2 – Before aseptic procedure
  • Moment 3 – After body fluid exposure risk
  • Moment 4 – After patient/patient environment contact 

LHSC’s 2016 hand hygiene rates for staff 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.

Together we can all prevent the transmission of infections with participation in good hand hygiene practice!