Hand Washing


Clean Hands

Cleaning your hands is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection. At JBH, you will notice an alcohol based hand rub dispenser inside the door of patient rooms, at the entrance to patient care units, and at hospital entrances/exits.Simply apply and rub onto hands until it evaporates. No water or drying towel is necessary. The alcohol based hand rub is an effective alternative to cleaning your hands with soap and water and we encourage its use.Cleaning your hands with soap and water is still best if your hands are visibly soiled. When using soap and water, rub with lots of friction for 15 seconds, dry well and use a paper towel to turn off taps.

All Ontario hospitals now provide public reports on hand hygiene compliance rates: JBH reported compliance rates.

Save Lives: Clean Your Hands!

Dr. Dale Kalina, JBH’s Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control, shares the proper steps and technique for washing your hands. Cleaning your hands is one of the best ways to prevent infections, including COVID-19.


Useful Links about Hand Washing:

CHICA-CANADA (Community and Hospital Infection Control Association - Canada

Public Health Ontario

Canadian Patient Safety Institute

CPSI Hand Hygiene Patient and Family Guide

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