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Hand Hygiene Improvement Methods Preventing And Controlling Transmission (HH IMPACT) Group Electronic Monitoring
While hand hygiene (HH) rates have been consistently linked to patient safety and controlling rates of nosocomial infection, traditional, direct observation methods of measuring HH are highly subject to the Hawthorne effect, and even with extensive auditing programs,...Read More
There was a recognized need and desire at Western Health to engage patient partners in co-design of programs and services to enhance patient safety. Hand hygiene auditing practices are well established in acute and long-term care facilities at Western Health, however...Read More
Recognizing the importance of patient hand hygiene, a project was set up at St. Paul's hospital to offer hand wipes to patients before meals. Our provincial hand hygiene working group chose as our theme raising awareness of the importance of hand hygiene. Volunteers...Read More
80% of common infections can be spread by contaminated hands. Although wearing gloves helps to prevent getting bodily fluids on the hands, microfissures in gloves do not provide for maximum security against the spread of infection. The best tool is always good hand...Read More
We have designed a dedicated cart, which facilitates the change of diapers and helps maintain hand hygiene during step 3 (immediately after being exposed to the risk of contact with biological liquids). The cart reduces environmental pollution by the patient at a...Read More
Hand hygiene is important in minimizing the risk of transmission of disease. At Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, we observe 4 moments for hand hygiene as outlined in the Ontario Just Clean Your Hands initiative in inpatient settings, achieving an overall hospital...Read More
At William Osler Health System (Osler), the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Program conducts regular audits of hand hygiene and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). In the past, audit tools were paper based as provided by the...Read More
As part of a working group called Community Learning in Infection Control, and as funded through the Toronto Central LHIN, Community Care East York has worked in partnership to produce an eLearning module designed to promote best practices in hand hygiene for Personal...Read More
Before, hydroalcoholic solutions were placed exclusively outside of the room, in the hall. It was difficult, rather impossible, for staff to adhere to the four key hand hygiene moments (refer to the Canadian campaign). Our overall compliance rate for hand hygiene in...Read More
Patient engagement in Hand Hygiene is one of Island Health’s strategies for improving the patient experience and decreasing healthcare associated infections that can result in excess length of stay, morbidity and mortality. Many of the germs causing infections are...Read More
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