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Research shows that hand hygiene is the single most effective way to reduce the risk of health-care associated infections.  Hand hygiene is a key issue for our hospital, and we continually work to improve compliance.

Patients can help improve their own safety

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

More patient-specific information is available at www.ontario.ca/patientsafety and www.oha.com/quality-safety-and-patient-and-family-centred-care and www.oha.com/Documents/English%20-%20Pamphlet.pdf.

Measuring compliance rates

The Ottawa Hospital regularly audits health care professionals to ensure they are performing  hand hygiene the right way at the right time.  The results of these audits are continually reported internally to individual patient units, and to the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care yearly.

Hand hygiene compliance rates at The Ottawa Hospital

Hand Hygiene: Number of times Hand Hygiene performed Before initial Patient / Pt Environment Contact

Hand Hygiene: Number of times Hand Hygiene performed Before initial Patient / Pt Environment Contact
Civic Campus General Campus The Rehabilitation Centre
Monthly HH Performed # Observations % Compliance with HH HH Performed # Observations % Compliance with HH HH Performed # Observations % Compliance with HH
March 2009 193 425 45.4% 425  969 43.9% 23 36 63.9%
March 2010 293 449 65.3% 221 424 52.1% 57 62 91.9%
March 2011 720 890 80.9% 436 612 71.2% 47 59 79.7%
March 2012 492 539 91.3% 643 683 94.1% 57 73 78.1%
Fiscal Year 2012-13 4,142 4,684 88.4% 6,081 6,592 92.2% 668 702 95.2%
Fiscal Year 2013-14 3,401 3,802 89.5% 4,553 4,972 91.6% 368 377 97.6%
Fiscal Year 2014-15 4,674 4,842 96.5% 5,258 5,598 93.9% 297 299 99.3%
Fiscal Year 2015-16 2,260 2,361 95.7% 2,817 2,967 94.9% 240 240 100.0%
Fiscal Year 2016-17 3,116 3,201 97.3% 5,123 5,254 97.5% 230 231 99.6%
Fiscal Year 2017-18 3083 3123 98.7% 3816 3923 97.3% 115 115 100.0%
Fiscal Year 2018-19 1478 1504 98.3% 1507 1541 97.8% 114 144 100.0%

Hand Hygiene: Number of times Hand Hygiene performed After Patient / Pt Environment Contact

Hand Hygiene: Number of times Hand Hygiene performed After Patient / Pt Environment Contact
Civic Campus General Campus The Rehabilitation Centre
Monthly HH Performed # Observations % Compliance with HH HH Performed # Observations % Compliance with HH HH Performed # Observations % Compliance with HH
March 2009 307 491 62.5% 628 978 64.2% 22 32 68.8%
March 2010 388 465 83.4% 357 518 68.9% 56 60 93.3%
March 2011 771 852 90.5% 685 862 79.5% 44 49 89.8%
March 2012 572 599 95.5% 782 812 96.3% 60 70 85.7%
Fiscal Year 2012-13 4,857 5,215 93.1% 6,719 7,084 94.8% 650 676 96.2%
Fiscal Year 2013-14 3,230 3,467 93.2% 4,177 4,433 94.2% 362 364 99.5%
Fiscal Year 2014-15 2,061 2,160 95.4% 1,529 1,683 90.8% 12 12 100.0%
Fiscal Year 2015-16 1,158 1,245 93.0% 1,491 1,662 89.7% 32 32 100.0%
Fiscal Year 2016-17 2,736 2,834 96.5% 4,902 5,043 97.2% 233 234 99.6%
Fiscal Year 2017-18 2871 2933 97.9% 3949 4108 96.1% 121 121 100.0%
Fiscal Year 2018-19 1528 1560 97.9% 1603 1651 97.1% 138 138 100.0%