Hand hygiene compliance
As part of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC) public reporting of patient safety indicators initiative, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital has been tracking hand hygiene compliance rates among our health care professionals.
Research shows that hand hygiene is the single most effective way to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections, and Holland Bloorview has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring the overall safety and wellbeing of patients.
Beginning in March 2008, hospitals across Ontario participated in a comprehensive training program called Just Clean Your Hands. Since that time, trained observers in hospital settings have been conducting hand hygiene audits (using a provincial audit tool) and recording what they see. With specific sample sizes based on hospital size, hospitals must then report their compliance rates to the MOHLTC.
The collection and public reporting of these rates will allow hospitals to establish a baseline from which to track their hand hygiene improvement over time. Hospitals will use this information to identify areas for improvement and strategies for reducing the incidence of healthcare-associated infections.