Hand Hygiene Compliance

Good hand hygiene reduces the spread of infections in hospitals

Hand Hygiene

West Park Healthcare Centre takes your care and safety very seriously, and we are committed to transparency. On a yearly basis we report our hand hygiene compliance rates here on our website.

If you have any questions about the information below or about our hospital’s infection prevention and control program, please contact West Park Healthcare Centre's Infection Control via email or by phone at (416) 243-3600 ext. 2718.

What is hand hygiene?

Hand hygiene is the action of cleaning hands. There are two ways to clean hands. An alcohol based hand rub which kills organisms in seconds can be used if hands are not visibly soiled. If hands are visibly soiled hands must be washed using soap and running water.

Measuring hand hygiene compliance rates

West Park measures:

  • Hand hygiene before initial contact with the patient/patient’s environment for all health care providers
  • Hand hygiene after contact with the patient/patient’s environment for all health care providers

West Park Healthcare Centre posts its hand hygiene compliance rates online on a yearly basis.

What are health care-associated infections?

Sometimes when patients are admitted to hospital, they can get infections. These are called health care-associated infections and can include C. difficile (Clostridium difficile), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus) and MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

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.

What West Park Healthcare Centre is doing to improve hand hygiene.

  • Participation in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s infection prevention and control hand hygiene module by staff
  • Using Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC)’s best practice guidance document
    implementing the provincial Just Clean Your Hands campaign

What can patients do to help improve their own safety?

Hand hygiene involves everyone in West Park Healthcare Centre, including patients and visitors. Hand cleaning is one of the best ways you and your healthcare team can prevent the spread of many infections. Patients and their visitors should also practice good hand hygiene before and after entering patient rooms.

West Park has hand sanitizers located throughout the Centre, at main entrances, and in clinical units as well as most patient rooms include wash stations at their entrance.

More patient-specific information is available through these links:

To view West Park's infection and hand hygiene compliance rates, click here.

For more information about West Park's infection prevention and control initiatives, contact West Park Healthcare Centre's Infection Control via e-mail or by phone at 416-243-3600 ext. 2718.