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Many health care workers not hand washing properly

The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region released an audit from February and June about employee’s and washing practices and the results are staggering. Laurence Mouton / Getty Images

REGINA – Hand washing is an important part of any health care workers day, but some health care professionals are letting this practice fall by the wayside.

The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region released an audit from February and June about employees and washing practices and the results are staggering.

February’s audit revealed that around 40 per cent of health care professionals around Regina are not using proper hand hygiene before and after dealing with patients.

For a health care worker to be compliant they must use hand wash or gel and wash their hands for over 15 seconds.

A healthcare worker would be non-compliant in if they used gloves only, missed a hand hygiene opportunity, washed their hands for less than 15 seconds, or had jewellery or nail polish on.

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Here are some of the worst offenders in the RQHR from the audit:

  • Broadview Union Hospital (February) – 94.8 per cent
  • Regina Lutheran Home (June) – 77.8 per cent
  • Grenfell Health Centre (June) – 77.4 per cent
  • Southeast Integrated Care Centre/Moosomin (February) – 70.6 per cent
  • Wolseley Memorial Hospital (June) – 66.7 per cent

The two major hospitals in Regina had fairly poor showings in February also – Regina General was 41.7 per cent noncompliant, while the Pasqua was 40 per cent.

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