Canada's Hand Hygiene Campaign Launches Getting Ready Phase Nationwide

    OTTAWA, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
announced today the Getting Ready phase of Canada's Hand Hygiene campaign
aimed at getting healthcare organizations ready to adopt and measure hand
hygiene practices and compliance within their organizations. This multi-modal
strategy is based on the World Health Organization's challenge Clean Care is
Safer Care initiative launched worldwide two years ago aimed at raising
awareness that healthcare associated infections are an important priority for
patient safety.
    "Hospital infections account for 8-12,000 infection-related deaths per
year in Canada," says Dr. Susan Brien, Director of Operations, Quebec, Eastern
Canada and Nunavut, Canadian Patient Safety Institute. "We know that less than
40 per cent of care providers wash their hands properly and our desire is to
see that figure dramatically increase."
    As part of this launch, CPSI has confirmed that the Ontario Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care (MoHLTC), who have just finished testing and
evaluating a multi-faceted strategy aimed at improving healthcare provider
hand hygiene, will be lending their expertise to Canada's Hand Hygiene
Campaign to measure hand hygiene compliance. The MoHLTC strategy, developed in
collaboration with provincial, national and international experts, has already
shown a steady increase in hand hygiene compliance during its pilot phase.
    CPSI is partnering with the MoHLTC to provide train-the-trainer sessions
on the 'four moments' of hand hygiene and a tool for participating sites to
measure hand hygiene compliance. Health care providers and observers will be
trained to understand the four key moments for hand hygiene that include:
    -  Before contact with a patient or patient environment
    -  Before aseptic procedure
    -  After exposure to body fluids
    -  After contact with patient or patient environment

    Ontario's observation and measurement tool and training program are local
adaptations of the World Health Organization's strategy to simplify
indications for hand hygiene. The train-the-trainer sessions will be offered
beginning January 2008. Information on these sessions will be posted on the
campaign website ( in December 2007.
    CPSI is also extremely pleased to announce as part of the launch that it
has signed a major agreement with 3M Infection Prevention, the international
diversified technology company renowned for serving customers and communities
with innovative products and services, to participate in the co-development of
a human factor project that will include identifying where hand hygiene
products should be located at point of care as well as provide key tools for
CEO and healthcare professional engagement in hand hygiene.
    CPSI is also very happy to confirm two other partnerships: Discovery
Campus, an innovative, interactive web community offering high-quality online
Continuing Medical Education to healthcare professionals worldwide, in the
production of an online learning module for healthcare professionals available
for participating campaign sites. Another sponsor to the campaign is
Hygiene-Technik Inc. who has been specializing in the design, development, and
manufacturing of hand care dispensing systems for 40 years.
    Organizations can join Canada's Hand Hygiene Campaign by Getting Ready!

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Trish Filevich, CPSI
Communications, (780) 974-3539 or Chantal Backman, CPSI Project Manager, (613)
738-9130 or see

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