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Healthcare Business Today: The Joint Commission’s New Hand Hygiene Standards Could Hit You Where It Hurts

February 3, 2018, by Dr. Chris Hermann, Founder and CEO, Clean Hands – Safe Hands In case you missed it, the Joint Commission recently made a drastic change to its hand hygiene standards. Previously, hospitals were simply required to implement a hand hygiene program and improve results over time. However, as of January 1, 2018, if a Joint Commission surveyor sees one clinician fail to clean his or her hands one time, the hospital will be cited with a deficiency resulting in a

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4 Ways to Know Your Hospital is Ready for The Joint Commission’s New Hand Hygiene Standards
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4 Ways to Know Your Hospital is Ready for The Joint Commission’s New Hand Hygiene Standards

. Will your hospital be ready the next time a Joint Commission surveyor pays a visit? Here are four ways to know you’re prepared to meet the new standards. Hand hygiene performance rates among all clinician groups and all shifts are consistently high, but not too high. Direct Observation is by far the most common method to understand how hospitals are performing when it comes to hand hygiene, but there’s a hidden danger. Direct Observation is susceptible to

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The Top 5 Real (and Surprising) Reasons Clinicians Don’t Clean Their Hands
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The Top 5 Real (and Surprising) Reasons Clinicians Don’t Clean Their Hands

Hand hygiene continues to be a challenge for nearly all healthcare organizations. On the surface, it seems like a pretty simple concept, but once you really understand the complexity and variability of the clinical reality, it quickly becomes massively complex. The Joint Commission just raised the standards for hand hygiene, and, as of last week, clinicians have to perform hand hygiene or risk a citation. Hand hygiene is performed correctly 30-40% of the time on average, and some

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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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Joint Commission AND Leapfrog Get Serious About Hand Hygiene
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Joint Commission AND Leapfrog Get Serious About Hand Hygiene

Everyone has talked about the importance of hand hygiene for years, and two major organizations are now getting serious. In case you missed it, starting this week, if a Joint Commission surveyor sees one individual fail to clean their hands one time, your hospital will be cited and will have to show improvement to maintain accreditation. Over 10,000 people so far have read our article about The Joint Commission’s new, strict standard for hand hygiene (here it is

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