"Clean Hands Protect Lives" Campaign Launched

    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)
launched the "Clean Hands Protect Lives" program - a program specifically
designed to educate Ontario health care patients about the importance of
effective hand hygiene. This campaign is sponsored by Ontario's Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care.
    "While hospitals continue to be committed to patient safety, they also
recognize that there is always more that can be done to provide better, safer
care," said Tom Closson, OHA President and CEO. "Educating patients about the
importance of personal and health care provider hand hygiene is a key element
in truly transforming a hospital's culture and improving patient safety."
    With a heightened awareness of the importance of hand hygiene among
hospitals in recent months, Ontario hospitals have mobilized to enhance
patient and health care provider safety through improved hand hygiene within
their organizations.
    Through "Clean Hands Protect Lives," Ontario hospitals will receive
posters and useful educational printed materials for distribution to patients
(such as pamphlets and "How to Clean" pocket cards). Print-ready materials
will also be available in several different languages from the OHA Patient
Safety website in the coming weeks.
    "Ontario is at the leading edge of a worldwide movement to ensure better
patient and health care worker safety by improving hand hygiene," said Health
and Long-Term Care Minister David Caplan. "We're pleased to be supporting this
initiative that seeks to raise awareness among patients about the importance
of hand hygiene in hospitals."
    Clean Hands Protect Lives was launched on Tuesday, October 21st at
Trillium Health Centre's West Toronto site by OHA President and CEO, Tom
Closson; Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Honourable David Caplan;
Eric Vandewall, Senior Vice President, Trillium Health Centre, and Patti
Cochrane, Vice President, Patient Services and Quality Outcomes, Trillium
Health Centre.
    "Clean Hands Protect Lives" also aligns very closely with the Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care's Just Clean Your Hands program, which was developed
to help health care providers improve their hand hygiene and integrate this
practice into their organization's culture.

For further information:

For further information: about the Clean Hands Protect Lives campaign,
please visit: www.oha.com/patientsafetytips or contact OHA Public Affairs,
(416) 205-1433

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