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Modern Healthcare: Joint Commission Cracks Down On Hand Hygiene

Contact: Maria Castellucci January 3, 2018 – The Joint Commission will now issue a citation to healthcare organizations if during on-site visits surveyors witness an employee fail to follow correct hand hygiene guidelines. The change, which went into effect Jan. 1, is intended to improve healthcare workers’ compliance with proper hand washing. Poor hand hygiene of healthcare employees is considered a major contributor to hospital-acquired infections. About 722,000 hospital-acquired infections occurred in the U.S. in 2011 and about

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