Does your healthcare facility meet current infection prevention and control standards? If they’re not following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene,” as suggested by the Joint Commission, the answer is likely no.
In its January 2018 statement, the Joint Commission said it’s widely known that hand hygiene is the most important intervention for preventing HAIs, however actual hand hygiene compliance rates are estimated to average 50 percent or less.
Hand hygiene compliance plays a critical role in reducing HAIs. According to the CDC, when healthcare professionals actively engage in infection prevention measures, such as effective hand hygiene protocols, it’s possible to reduce the rates of certain HAIs by more than 70 percent. That’s an astounding improvement, but it’s up to healthcare staff to champion clean care in order to achieve improved compliance.
In honor of the WHO’s World Hand Hygiene Day, May 5, and its theme to support quality healthcare for all, here are some tips for facility leaders on how to implement an effective hand hygiene performance improvement program.
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