BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Working Together. Accelerating Improvement

Hand Hygiene

Our Challenge

Some 220,000 people are afflicted with health care associated infections (HCAI) in Canada every year. Of those, 8,000 to 12,000 will die as a result of acquiring the infection. Now imagine being able to help those patients with something so simple as better hand hygiene. 

Hand hygiene is considered the most important and effective infection prevention measure in the spread of health care-associated infections. Despite this, compliance with hand hygiene protocols by health care providers continues to be unacceptably low.

Proper hand hygiene could potentially reduce health care associated infection by up to 50%.

Our Clinical Care Management team is here to support you, as you work to improve hand hygiene. Get started with the resources through the links below or contact us today.

  • Click HERE for the Hand Hygiene Clinical Expert Group
  • Click HERE for the Hand Hygiene backgrounder
  • Click HERE for the Provincial Hand Hygiene Working Group Hand Hygiene Module
    Please note: this is a large zip file.

To access the module, unzip the file and then open the “index” file near the bottom of the list.

At a Glance

Key Contacts

Dr. Elizabeth Bryce,
Clinical Lead
Regional Medical Director, Infection Prevention Control
Vancouver Coastal Health
Elizabeth.Bryce@vch.ca