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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

2011 2012 2013
Forest Hills Hospital  73.58  83.24 81.32
Franklin Hospital   91.51 91.30
Glen Cove Hospital: The Mildred and Frank Feinberg Campus   87.97  90.58
Huntington Hospital   90.05  83.73
Lenox Hill   70.00  73.56 
Long Island Jewish Medical Center   94.61  95.75
North Shore University Hospital: The Sandra Atlas Bass Campus   84.76 82.86
Plainview Hospital   88.79  94.50
Southside Hospital 93.33 93.90  91.39
Staten Island University Hospital   87.92  90.95
Syosset Hospital 94.12  93.92  89.97
*Increase is favorable.
2013 data includes January-September 2013.
Data is submitted and verified every 90 days.
Data source: NHSN


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