Joint Commission releases document on hand hygiene compliance

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The Joint Commission this week released a document to help healthcare workers, including those in long-term care, measure hand hygiene compliance.

The monograph "provides a framework to help health care workers make necessary decisions about what, when, why, and how they will measure hand hygiene performance. Entitled "Measuring Hand Hygiene Adherence: Overcoming the Challenges," the document also includes resources to help organizations select the measurement approaches that will best fit their needs.

There are two primary sources of content. The first is examples of methods and tools submitted through the Consensus Measurement in Hand Hygiene project. The second is evidence-based guidelines and published literature. To see the report, click on http://www.jointcommission.org/NR/rdonlyres/68B9CB2F-789F-49DB-9E3F-2FB387666BCC/0/hh_monograph.pdf.