OHA and Ministry to Launch "Clean Hands Protect Lives" Campaign

    TORONTO, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, October 21, 2008, the Ontario
Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
(MOHLTC) will jointly launch their new "Clean Hands Protect Lives"
province-wide campaign designed specifically to educate Ontario health care
patients about the importance of effective hand hygiene.
    With a heightened awareness toward the importance of hand hygiene in
recent months, Ontario hospitals are mobilizing to enhance patient and health
care provider safety through improved hand hygiene practices within their
organizations. This campaign is about educating patients on both personal and
provider hand hygiene. The timing of the launch also aligns with recent
findings on hand hygiene from the Auditor General of Ontario's Special Report
on the Prevention and Control of Hospital-acquired Infections.
    The official public launch will take place at Trillium Health Centre -
West Toronto, a hospital that has effectively demonstrated a culture of
patient safety, and will feature short presentations by key speakers,
including The Honourable David Caplan, MOHLTC, and Tom Closson, President and
CEO of the OHA.

    What:     "Clean Hands Protect Lives" Campaign Launch

    Where:    Main Entrance, Trillium Health Centre - West Toronto
              150 Sherway Drive, Toronto

    Who:      The Honourable David Caplan, Minister of Health and
              Long-Term Care

              Tom Closson, President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association

              Eric Vandewall, Senior Vice President, Trillium Health Centre

              Patti Cochrane, Vice President, Patient Services and Quality
              Outcomes, Trillium Health Centre

    When:     1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, 2008

For further information:

For further information: about the campaign launch, please contact Amy
Ouellette, OHA Public Affairs at (416) 205-1433; For more information about
"Clean Hands Protect Lives," please visit the OHA's website at

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