Infectious diseases & vaccines Infection control Hand hygiene

Hand hygiene

Adherence to hand hygiene recommendations is the single most important practice for preventing the transmission of microorganisms in health care and directly contributes to patient safety (Public Health Agency of Canada).

Everyone, everywhere benefits from good hand hygiene practices. Whether it is traditional hand washing with soap and water to using hand sanitizers, clean hands reduce the transmission of pathogens that cause illness.

Additional resources

PIDAC Best Practice Manual: hand hygiene in health care facilities
Public Health Agency of Canada: hand hygiene practices in health care settings

Hand hygiene posters:

Stay healthy with hand washing
How to handrub
How to handwash

Hand hygiene fact sheets:

Skin integrity
Hand hygiene fact sheet for health care settings

For more information and to speak to a member of the Infection Control team, call the Infectious Disease Line at 519-539-9800 x3500.