Dirty hands kill.
1 in 10 adults and 1 in 12 children contract an infection while in a hospital.
Every year ...
220,000 to 250,000 people develop a hospital acquired infection (HAI).
30% to 50% are preventable!
8,000 to 12,000 die.
If it were a category, HAIs would be in the Top 6 leading causes of death in Canada.
Other countries face similar issues with infection control. It's a global problem!
Hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent infections.
Yet health care providers are terrible at it.
Compliance was found to be < 40%
(according to the WHO & studies from USA, CAN, Eur and AUS)
Hospitals in BC improved to 70% after policy changes and audits.
No data for family doctors or nursing homes, but probably poor!
Doctors are consistently the worst offenders.
Hand Hygiene Compliance for British Columbia (2011-2012)
Too intimidated to bring it up?
80% of hospital staff in BC are comfortable with patients and family members reminding them.