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Becker’s Hospital Review: The Joint Commission’s new hand hygiene standards: What they mean to you

Written by Dr. Chris Hermann, Founder and CEO, Clean Hands – Safe Hands March 07, 2018 – The Joint Commission’s mission is to “improve healthcare for the public…by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.”[1] In an effort to ensure that the public receives safe care in hospitals and other organizations, The Joint Commission aims to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which infect around one

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Becker’s Hospital Review: 5 Reasons Direct Observation Is No Longer the Gold Standard

Hand hygiene is widely recognized as the most important foundational aspect in reducing Healthcare Associated Infections. Measuring clinicians’ hand hygiene performance rates is critical to being able to address this problem. Until recently, the only way to do this was through Direct Observation – having “mystery shoppers” in hospital hallways make notes of whether or not clinicians performed hand hygiene. DO was considered the “gold standard” of hand hygiene monitoring because it was really the only way to

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