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Joint Commission Cracks Down on Hand Hygiene Compliance

Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018 1:50 PM

As of January 1, 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 commission will follow up to make sure the correction plan has been implemented.

 “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 75,000 people died with such an infection during their inpatient stay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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Corridor’s Infection Control Resources:

Corridor’s Policy and Procedure Manuals contain policies which address infection control surveillance, hand hygiene and staff education in those areas during orientation and annually as part of mandatory education.

CHEX eLearning contains modules on infection prevention and control as well as hand hygiene.


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