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Hand Hygiene

Handwashing prevents infection. We have made this a top priority at North Shore-LIJ Health System. Each month a random sample of employees are observed to make sure they are adhering to proper handwashing procedures. The results that you see posted to the right are a combined rate of handwashing across all of our hospitals.

We would like everyone to wash their hands, and that includes our visitors. To help make this easier we have prominently placed kiosks with hand gels and foams in our lobbies and cafeterias, as well as in the patient care areas. Here are some of the other things that we have done to help prevent infection:

  • Staff education on Infection Control at orientation, annually and as appropriate
  • Use of ultra-violet light and specific hand gel to assist with hand hygiene education
  • Hand hygiene contract and competency for all staff
  • Hand hygiene computer screen savers

A telephone message when the telephone is placed on hold: “Thank you for holding. The health system is committed to safeguarding the health of our patients, family members, visitors and employees. Please partner with us to stop the spread of germs by washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel. Washing your hands frequently is one of the best defenses against illness.” 

Please help us keep patients safe.

We ensure compliance with the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goal for hand hygiene. 

Hand Hygiene Rate*
All NSLIJ Hospitals Combined

Individual NSLIJ Hospitals

2012 2013 2014
Forest Hills Hospital  83.24 83.29 89.39
Franklin Hospital 91.51 91.61 90.24
Glen Cove Hospital: The Mildred and Frank Feinberg Campus 87.97  89.59 91.55
Huntington Hospital 90.05  84.62 86.41
Lenox Hill 70.00  73.50  74.26
Long Island Jewish Medical Center 94.61  96.07 95.62
North Shore University Hospital: The Sandra Atlas Bass Campus 84.76 85.66 69.28
Plainview Hospital 88.79  90.45 84.29
Southside Hospital 93.90  85.52 93.40
Staten Island University Hospital 87.92  91.58 97.87
Syosset Hospital 93.92  90.19 92.96

*Increase is favorable.
2013 data includes January-June 2014.
Data is submitted and verified every 90 days.
Data as of September 15, 2014
Data source: NHSN


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