BHB implements hand hygiene audit

25 March 2019: Bermuda Hospitals Board’s (BHB) Infection Prevention and Control Department is increasing public awareness of the importance of healthcare workers using good hand hygiene.  A pilot project asking patients to report their observations will start in some BHB outpatient services 1 April 2019.

The hand hygiene survey will not be mandatory. Patients will be advised, by BHB Infection Prevention and Control staff, of the correct hand hygiene that staff should be using and then invited to take the anonymous survey.

Hand hygiene is the most important measure in preventing the spread of infection. Studies have shown that making patients active participants in their care increases healthcare provider’s accountability and improves communication between the two.

Download our hand hygiene fact sheet.

Hand Hygiene Fact Sheet FEB2019

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Notes to Editors
The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high-quality care to all patients.

With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda's second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world's leading specialist hospitals.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.