The Joint Commission this week released a monograph to help health care organizations assess compliance with hand hygiene regimens. In 2004, the Joint Commission added a National Patient Safety Goal requiring accredited organizations to comply with hand hygiene guidelines. However, challenges to compliance remain. The commission points out, for instance, that the frequency of hand hygiene opportunities varies according to the type of care, unit, and patient, adding that monitoring compliance can be resource intensive.
The monograph is the result of a collaboration with infection prevention and control leadership organizations to identify effective approaches for measuring adherence to hand hygiene guidelines in health care organizations. In addition to The Joint Commission, the participating organizations include the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the World Health Organization (WHO) World Alliance for Patient Safety, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID).
(SOURCE: Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, April 17, 2009)