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Hand Hygiene Compliance

Hand Hygiene is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of microorganisms (germs) and infections. During your visit to the hospital, effective hand hygiene practices play a key role in improving patient and healthcare provider safety. At Woodstock Hospital, we have a comprehensive hand hygiene program in place.

Hand hygiene involves everyone in the hospital, including patients and visitors. We encourage patients play an active role in their care by engaging in hand hygiene practices. 

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.

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The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care requires Ontario hospitals to annually report their hand hygiene compliance rates using the following formula:

# of times hand hygiene performed  x 100
# of hand hygiene observations 

Below is the quarterly break down of Hand Hygiene Compliance rate at Woodstock Hospital in 2017 and 2018.

QuarterFiscal year 2017Fiscal year 2018

Q1 April - June



Q2 July - September


Q3 October - December


Q4 January - March



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