Hand Hygiene Compliance

Patient safety remains the most important priority for STEGH and this involves ensuring that patients are not at risk for contracting healthcare-associated infections. We have a number of practices in place to help prevent and control infections, including a comprehensive hand hygiene program. All Ontario hospitals are required to annually post their hand hygiene compliance rates to further promote accountability and transparency within the health system.

If you have any questions about the information below or about our hospital’s infection prevention and control program, please contact publicrelations@stegh.on.ca

 

April 2015 – March 2016
Percent compliance before patient/patient environment contact 98.17%
Percent compliance for after patient/patient environment 98.12%

 

April 2014 – March 2015
Percent compliance before patient/patient environment contact 97%
Percent compliance for after patient/patient environment 95%

 

  April 2013 – March 2014
Percent compliance before patient/patient environment contact 97%
Percent compliance for after patient/patient environment 95%
  April 2012 – March 2013
Percent compliance before patient/patient environment contact 91.97%
Percent compliance for after patient/patient environment 95.01%
  April 2011 – March 2012
Percent compliance before patient/patient environment contact 83.1%
Percent compliance for after patient/patient environment 92.8%
  April 2010 – March 2011
Percent compliance before patient/patient environment contact 65.24%
Percent compliance for after patient/patient environment 79.31%
  2010
Percent compliance before patient/patient environment contact 41.13%
Percent compliance for after patient/patient environment 51.95%
  2009
Percent compliance before patient/patient environment contact 78%
Percent compliance for after patient/patient environment 80%

 

Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates at STEGH as Reported to the Ministry

Hospitals are to collect at least 200 observations for every 100 in patient beds.

To ensure statistically valid data for smaller hospitals, or hospitals with fewer in-patient beds a minimum of 50 observed opportunities for hand hygiene will need to be collected.

The goal of public reporting hand hygiene compliance is to achieve an overall assessment of whether compliance rates are improving. It is normal for rates to vary from hospital to hospital.

Ontario hospitals are posting their hand hygiene compliance rates as percentages for time periods identified by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, using the following formula:

These percentages also reflect:

(i) Hand hygiene before initial patient/patient environment contact by combined health care provider type (e.g., nurses, allied health professionals, physicians, etc.)

(ii) Hand hygiene after patient/patient environment contact by combined health care provider type (e.g., nurses, allied health professionals, physicians, etc.)

What are health care-associated infections?

Sometimes when patients are admitted to the hospital, they can get infections. These are called health care-associated infections./p>

How will the public reporting of hand hygiene compliance affect compliance among health care professionals?

There are many factors that will improve hand hygiene compliance. Mandatory public reporting is one element. Certainly the increasing recent attention on the issue as well as the provincial government’s multifaceted hand hygiene program called Just Clean Your Hands are important to ensuring effective hand hygiene at the right times.

Why is hand hygiene so important?

Hand hygiene is an important practice for health care providers and has a significant impact on reducing the spread of infections in hospitals. Hand hygiene is a different way of thinking about safety and patient care and involves everyone in the hospital, including patients and health care providers.

Effective hand hygiene practices in hospitals play a key role in improving patient and provider safety, and in preventing the spread of health care-associated infections.