Hand hygiene is all about keeping our hands clean. All of our staff are required to wash their hands upon entering and exiting a room, and before and after providing care to any patient outside of a room.
Hand hygiene is the best way to prevent all kinds of hospital infections
Clean hands protect everyone - patients, visitors and staff.
The measurement we use is percentage of hand hygiene compliance.
Specially trained observers spend time on a daily basis watching all employees who enter or leave patients' rooms.
Observations are calculated by time of day, hospital department and type of employee.
In November 2010, a hospital-wide campaign to remind employees of the importance of hand hygiene led to a significant increase in compliance.
We regularly reach nearly 100% compliance.
If the percentage of hand hygiene compliance falls below 90% in any department, corrective action is taken.