Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene is an integral part of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences' (Ontario Shores) patient safety initiatives, and we pride ourselves on our Infection Prevention and Control activities. We are committed to reducing healthcare associated infections, and support the improved hand hygiene program introduced by the provincial government.

Ontario Shores’ healthcare providers are practicing hand hygiene and are using the provincial government’s “Just Clean Your Hands” program to ensure they wash their hands at the right times and the right way. Our website will be updated to keep the public informed about our annual hand hygiene compliance.

We strive to create a safe environment for everyone by continuing to improve our best practices and through public reporting, remain accountable to our communities.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Why is hand hygiene so important?
Hand hygiene is the most effective way to reduce the spread of healthcare associated infections.

2. What is being publicly reported?
Since April 30, 2009, hospitals were required to begin reporting hand hygiene compliance rates to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. A provincial audit tool has been implemented, which captures data on the four moments when hand-hygiene should be performed.

3. How frequently will Ontario Shores report this information?
Hand hygiene compliance rates will be posted annually. However, compliance audits are completed regularly.

4. What steps has your hospital taken to improve hand hygiene compliance?

These are the steps Ontario Shores is taking to improve Hand Hygiene:
  • Ontario Shores continues to use the provincial Just Clean Your Hands program to provide staff with access to hand hygiene products at the right time for all patient care interactions.
  • At any time, staff may request additional hand hygiene stations for their unit.
  • Hand hygiene education and training is provided to all staff, students and volunteers during their Orientation to Ontario Shores.
  • Hand hygiene training/education is provided on an ongoing basis.
  • Hand hygiene audit results are posted on every unit's Infection Control Bulletin Board, so staff can see how they are doing.

Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates

Hand Hygiene Rates - text below


2018-2019 - Outpatient Services
Before Patient / Patient Environment Contact: 99%
After Patient  / Patient Environment Contact: 99%

2018-2019 - Inpatient Services
Before Patient / Patient Environment Contact: 77%
After Patient  / Patient Environment Contact: 89%
 

2017-2018 - Outpatient Services
Before Patient / Patient Environment Contact: 97%
After Patient  / Patient Environment Contact: 98%

2017-2018 - Inpatient Services
Before Patient / Patient Environment Contact: 95%
After Patient  / Patient Environment Contact: 96%


All years prior to 2017-2018 are from Inpatient Services only.

2016-2017
Before Patient / Patient Environment Contact: 93.87%
After Patient  / Patient Environment Contact: 95.78%

2015-2016
Before Patient / Patient Environment Contact: 94.50%
After Patient  / Patient Environment Contact: 97.29%

2014-2015
Before Patient / Patient Environment Contact: 93.36%
After Patient  / Patient Environment Contact: 95.51%

2013-2014
Before Patient / Patient Environment Contact: 90.11%
After Patient  / Patient Environment Contact: 95.07%

2012-2013

Before Patient / Patient Environment Contact: 88.61%
After Patient  / Patient Environment Contact: 92.36%