Hand hygiene

One year into its sustained effort to improve compliance with hand hygiene protocols (before patient contact), Hôpital Montfort notes that measures taken throughout the institution have proven effective.

In fact, the hospital has slightly surpassed its goal of a 65 per cent compliance rate for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, through the implementation of a thorough set of hygiene measures coupled with a major awareness campaign.

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Hand Hygiene: Hôpital Montfort is on the right track 
 
April 30, 2012 – One year into its sustained effort to improve compliance with hand hygiene protocols (before patient contact), Hôpital Montfort notes that measures taken throughout the institution have proven effective.  

In fact, the hospital has slightly surpassed its goal of a 65 per cent compliance rate for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, through the implementation of a thorough set 
of hygiene measures coupled with a major awareness campaign. 
 
“Our compliance rate went from 46.3 to 65.9 per cent – a 42.3 percent improvement over last year,” explains Dr Bernard Leduc, president and CEO of 
Hôpital Montfort. “The measures adopted hospital-wide and the remarkable level of staff commitment and collaboration on this issue have allowed us to cut our 
infection rate in half. In concrete terms, this means that 90 fewer patients needed to be placed in isolation, which allowed them to have a much more pleasant 
hospital stay.” 
 
In April 2011, Hôpital Montfort implemented a rigorous infection control program which contained measures to improve hand hygiene practices among staff. 
Numerous hand hygiene audits were conducted, enabling new opportunities to raise awareness of this issue among health professionals and triggering a 
marked reduction in infection and isolation rates. The highly effective communications materials developed for the awareness campaign recently garnered national recognition by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. 
 
“We have given ourselves a new target of 80 per cent compliance for next year, and all signs point towards a successful outcome,” reports Mr. Philippe Marleau, 
vice president of Quality and Performance at Montfort. “Compliance rates for the past few months are posted on our website and range between 73 and 82 per 
cent.” 
 
The success of the hand hygiene program has meant lower infection rates and has significantly reduced associated costs to the hospital. 
  
Hôpital Montfort is a francophone institution that delivers quality care in both official languages, within an academic setting and works with its partners to 
improve the health of communities. 

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