Patients & Visitors

Hand Hygiene

Did you know…?


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. Once an infection starts, it can quickly spread to you, your family and other patients.

Please read the important Patient Information Hand Hygiene and ask us: "Did you wash your hands?"

Family and visitors have a role too!


Visitors are very important to our patients and their well-being. You have a critical role in preventing infections. We ask you to follow these guidelines to reduce the spread of germs!

Everyone should clean their hands:

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

What are the choices for cleaning 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. After cleaning, make sure your hands are dry before you touch anything. This is very important when you use the hand rub.


If your hands are visibly soiled, you will need to use soap and water. Cleaning your hands 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!

What is LHSC doing?

LHSC runs a hand hygiene program in the hospital which includes:

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are available throughout the hospital
  • Hand hygiene compliance rates posted at entrances monthly and updated
  • Hand hygiene education materials for all patients and visitors

The primary concern at LHSC is always the health and well-being of the patients. LHSC is safe and continues to implement measures to make it safer.