Burnaby Hospital LPN Marizela Tolea assists patient with hand cleaning
Written by Stephanie Bale, Senior Consultant, Communications and Public Affairs

Safety Starts With Me – Stories to educate patients and staff about the steps to keep patients safe while in the hospital.

Wendy Chan is a patient at Burnaby Hospital. Licensed Practical Nurse Marizela Tolea helps Wendy learn how to keep safe from hospital-acquired infections by assisting her patient with hand cleaning before meals.

“Hand hygiene is about getting back to basics; keeping yourself, your patients and your patients’ environments clean,” said Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin, executive medical director, infection prevention and control. “Helping patients to clean their hands before eating and after using the bathroom helps keep them safe from infections.”

Four of our six Patient Safety Priorities for 2018-2020 are linked to infection risks which can be life-threatening for a patient, including MRSA, Pneumonia, Sepsis and Urinary Tract Infections.

For health care providers this means practicing the four moments of hand hygiene for every patient, every time:

  • Before initial patient and/or patient environment contact
  • Before aseptic procedure(s)
  • After body fluid exposure risk
  • After patient and/or patient environment contact

To prevent the transmission of infections clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and warm water. Wear gloves only when you anticipate contacting blood or body fluids, mucous membranes and/or non-intact skin. And clean your hands before gloving and after removing gloves.

Preventing hospital acquired infections is central to providing safe and high quality care for patients, clients and residents. Together let’s prevent harm and save lives.

This story is part of the Safety Starts With Me series to educate patients and staff about the steps to keep patients safe while in the hospital.

Watch for the Safety Starts With Me public education campaign on our social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this October.


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