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Hand Hygiene - Reporting

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 reported 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 023-2024

Ontario Shores Site

Fiscal Year

Compliance Rate Before Patient/ Patient Environment Contact

Compliance Rate After Patient/ Patient Environment Contact

 

 

 

 

 

Inpatient Services

2013-2014

90%

95%

2014-2015

93%

96%

2015-2016

95%

97%

2016-2017

94%

96%

2017-2018

95%

96%

2018-2019

77%

89%

2019-2020

79%

95%

2020-2021

85%

98%

2021-2022

93%

96%

2022-2023

97%

97%

2023-2024

95%

86%

 

 

 

Outpatient Services

2017-2018

97%

98%

2018-2019

99%

99%

2019-2020

97%

96%

2020-2021

99%

99%

2021-2022

100%

100%

2022-2023

100%

100%

2023-2024

100%

100%

 

 

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