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IPAC News: Ask the Expert

Question: Is there a process for determining where to place alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) in health care facilities?


The following response has been provided by: Andrea Iacurti and David Ryding, Infection Control Consultants, Regional Infection Control Networks

Providing ABHR at the point of care improves adherence to proper hand hygiene, but proper placement varies by type of unit, resident/patient population group, and facility design.

Public Health Ontario recommends that each facility form a point-of-care assessment team that includes representation from occupational health and safety, risk management, housekeeping, environmental services, unit-based staff, purchasing, and infection control. This team should conduct a local risk assessment, taking into account the following key factors, among others:

  • Common workflow patterns
  • Staff safety
  • Ergonomics
  • Common injuries
  • Injury/ingestion risks to patients/residents and visitors
  • Fire hazard and ignition concerns

Public Health Ontario offers an assessment tool on its Just Clean Your Hands website to help teams with the assessment process.

For more information on placement of ABHR, see the following:

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