02:17am Monday 23 October 2017

Hand hygiene compliance rates rise at LHSC and St. Joseph’s

“Our goal is to improve patient and worker safety through a demonstrated increase in hand hygiene compliance,” said Cliff Nordal, president and CEO of LHSC and St. Joseph’s. “Thank you to all staff and physicians; I am incredibly pleased with the progress we have made in the past year.”

The hand hygiene compliance rate is based on the number of times care providers comply with the 4 moments of hand hygiene:

1. Before initial patient/patient environment contact
2. Before aseptic procedure
3. After body fluid exposure risk
4. After patient/patient environment contact

Moments 1 and 4, the most important frequent opportunities to prevent infections, are publicly reported.

London Health Sciences Centre
Data from audits conducted at LHSC shows a rise in compliance for moments 1 and 4 at both University and Victoria Hospitals.

Moment 1 compliance rates for 2009 rose 25 per cent at University Hospital and rose 45 per cent at Victoria Hospital. Moment 4 compliance rates rose 20 per cent at University Hospital and 41 per cent at Victoria Hospital.

St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Care teams at St. Joseph’s also achieved commendable improvements in their hand hygiene compliance.

Moment 1 compliance rates for 2009 rose 35 per cent at Parkwood, 34 per cent at Regional Mental Health Care London and 13 per cent at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Moment 4 compliance rose 40 per cent at Parkwood, 14 per cent at Regional Mental Health Care London and 12 per cent at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Because Regional Mental Health Care St. Thomas is on a different audit cycle, compliance rates for that facility remain at the April levels with 49 per cent compliance for moment 1, and 66 percent compliance for moment 4.

“The numbers at LHSC and St. Joseph’s show a remarkable improvement in hand hygiene compliance,” said Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, integrated vice-president of medical education and medical affairs. “We must now continue our vigilance with hand hygiene and infection control practices so we may continue to improve and sustain the levels of compliance that will contribute to a safer hospital environment for our patients and ourselves.”

Hand Hygiene is the most effective way to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant organisms.

Backgrounder below with hand hygiene compliance statistics for LHSC and St. Joseph’s

For more information contact:

Cory Habermehl  Anne Kay
Corporate Communications and Public Relations Communication & Public Affairs
London Health Sciences Centre  St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
519-685-8500, ext. 58738  519-685-4292, ext. 42470
cory.habermehl@lhsc.on.ca  Page: 519-649-9238
  Anne.kay@sjhc.london.on.ca

 

After-hours assistance:
LHSC: Call Switchboard at 519-685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call.
St. Joseph’s: Call 519-646-6000 and ask for the communicator on call.

Visit the LHSC Media web site at http://www.lhsc.on.ca/About_Us/LHSC/Media_Room/index.htm
Visit the St. Joseph’s web at: http://www.sjhc.london.on.ca/corp/whatsnew/news.htm

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for over 130 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute – a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

About St. Joseph’s Health Care London
St. Joseph’s Health Care, London is a major patient care, teaching and research centre with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 130 years. St. Joseph’s five key role areas include acute/ambulatory care, complex care and veterans care, long-term care, rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics and specialized mental health care. Facilities and services including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care and Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas are part of the St. Joseph’s family. Our research arm, the Lawson Health Research Institute, continues to direct their research to the development of new knowledge that is continually being applied directly to patient care. More than 400,000 patients annually receive care from close to 6,000 physicians and staff at St. Joseph’s. St. Joseph’s is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario.

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Backgrounder

London Health Sciences Centre

 
Moment 1
Before initial
patient/ patient environment contact
Moment 4
After patient/
patient environment contact
  2008 2009 2008 2009
University Hospital 27% 52% 63% 83%
Victoria Hospital 13% 58% 39% 80%

St. Joseph’s

 
Moment 1
Before initial
patient/ patient environment contact
Moment 4
After patient/
patient environment contact
  2008 2009 2008 2009
Parkwood 27% 62% 43% 83%
RMHC London 33% 67% 56% 81%
RMHC St. Thomas 49% 49% 66% 66%
St. Joseph’s H. 44% 56% 62% 74%

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