Why You Should Remind Health Care Providers To Wash Their Hands


Dirty hands kill.

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1 in 10 adults and 1 in 12 children contract an infection while in a hospital.
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220,000 to 250,000 people develop a hospital acquired infection (HAI).
sick 30% to 50% are preventable!
RIP 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.

Dr. Zoidberg
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.

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Hand Hygiene Compliance for British Columbia (2011-2012)

Too intimidated to bring it up? SAP

80% of hospital staff in BC are comfortable with patients and family members reminding them.

You have a right to speak up and protect your health!