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Hand Hygiene Statistics

The goal of public reporting of 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.

What exactly will SFMH begin reporting on April 30, 2009?
On an annual basis, beginning April 30th, 2009 SFMH along with all Ontario hospitals will be required to publicly report on their own websites:

The overall hand hygiene compliance rates (i.e. the number of times hand hygiene was performed relative to the number of indications for hand hygiene)

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care will report the same information on its own website.

Hand Hygiene Compliance Calculations

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:

# of times hand hygiene performed
divided
# of observed hand hygiene indications X 100

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.)

Hand Hygiene Audit Results

Percent Compliance for
Before Initial Patient or
Patient Environment Contact
Percent Compliance for
After Patient or
Patient Environment Contact
2009 57% 86%
2010 77.78% 90.91
2011 81.18% 91.43%
2012 95% 94%
2013 96.43% 92%
2014 39.27% 52.91%
2015 55.41% 80.82%
2016 77.27% 86.26%
2017 82.11% 97.60%
2018 82.19% 93.55%


For further information, please contact Melissa Botz 613-756-3044 ext. 278