Hand hygiene is an effective strategy to prevent spread of infections. Hand hygiene is a required practice for all health care providers. It is also recommended in all national and international infection control guidelines and is a basic expectation of patients and their families. Please review the following general guidance documents for hand hygiene. Can't find a certain resource? Try the General Resources webpage or email us.
This document outlines the procedures for proper hand hygiene in health care settings across the continuum of care including, but not limited to, pre-hospital care, acute care, complex continuing care, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care, chronic care, home health care and ambulatory care, including physician offices, community health centres and clinics, independent health facilities (IHF) and out-of-hospital premises (OHP).
Public Health Ontario's resource page for hand hygiene includes various resources regarding best practice and education for proper hand hygiene. These resources include hand washing video, hand sanitizing video, information on contact dermatitis, and the provincial "Just Clean Your Hands" campaign information.