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Infection Control

 

Tracking hand hygiene in hospitals

The most common way of spreading infection in hospitals is on the hands of health care providers. Health care staff travel from room to room caring for patients, which provides plenty of opportunity for infection-causing organisms to spread from hands to patients.

Hospitals are required to monitor and report annually on compliance with hand hygiene practices. Monitoring is key to improving rates and, in turn, reducing hospital based infections.

Proper hand hygiene will protect patients and health care providers, reduce the spread of infections and the costs associated with treating infections, reduce hospital lengths of stay and readmissions, reduce wait times, and prevent deaths.

Annual rates for hand hygiene compliance are listed below.

Hand Hygiene Compliance, March 2016 - March 2017

Owen Sound

Compliance before initial patient/patient environment contact 88%
Compliance before aseptic procedure 95%
Compliance for after body fluid exposure risk 96%
Compliance after patient/patient environment contact 90%

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Lion's Head

Compliance before initial patient/patient environment contact 98%
Compliance before aseptic procedure 100%
Compliance for after body fluid exposure risk 83%
Compliance after patient/patient environment contact 92%

Markdale

Compliance before initial patient/patient environment contact 95%
Compliance before aseptic procedure 100%
Compliance for after body fluid exposure risk 100%
Compliance after patient/patient environment contact 98%

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Meaford

Compliance before initial patient/patient environment contact 91%
Compliance before aseptic procedure 100%
Compliance for after body fluid exposure risk 98%
Compliance after patient/patient environment contact 97%

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Southampton

Compliance before initial patient/patient environment contact 92%
Compliance before aseptic procedure 100%
Compliance for after body fluid exposure risk 89%
Compliance after patient/patient environment contact 93%

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Wiarton

Compliance before initial patient/patient environment contact 100%
Compliance before aseptic procedure (no data)
Compliance for after body fluid exposure risk (no data)
Compliance after patient/patient environment contact 99%

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Tracking Infection Rates at GBHS - Accountability to our Patients

Information on infection rates is used to improve infection control practices throughout the corporation.

All Ontario hospitals are required to report quarterly on a variety of patient safety indicators, including:

  • MRSA Bacteremia (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
  • VRE Bacteremia  (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci)
  • CLI (Central Line Primary Blood Stream Infection)
  • VAP (Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia)
  • SSI (Surgical Site Infection Prevention)
  • HSMR (Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio)

A quarterly report is available for MRSA, VRE, CLI, VAP, and SSI.

Hospitals are required to report every month on the number of new hospital-acquired C. difficle cases. For the month of March 2017, the lastest time frame for which data is available, there was 1 hospital acquired case reported at GBHS.

Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR) is reported annually.

The Ministry of Health also reports all of these indicators on its own website, at www.ontario.ca/patientsafety.

Fact Sheets for Patients and Visitors

What is MRSA?
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a germ that lives on the skin and mucous membranes of healthy people. Occasionally S. aureus can cause an infection.

What is MRSA Bacteraemia?
Bacteraemia is the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream and is referred to as a bloodstream infection.

What is VRE?
Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci are germs that live in the gastrointestinal tract (bowels) of most individuals and generally do not cause harm.

What is VRE Bacteraemia?
Bacteraemia is the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream and is referred to as a bloodstream infection. A VRE bacteraemia case is a patient identified with laboratory confirmed VRE.

What is C.Diff?
Clostridium difficile (also called C. difficile or C. diff.) is a bacterium that can produce a toxin or type of poison that can cause swelling in the intestinal tract.

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