Infection Control

Tip of the week: Hand hygiene tools to help with compliance

Infection Control Weekly Monitor, July 15, 2009

The Joint Commission is offering Measuring Hand Hygiene Adherence: Overcoming the Challenges, a free publication to assist healthcare facilities in targeting efforts to measure hand hygiene performance.

Of interest to the ambulatory setting is a section on using patients as observers instead of merely relying on them to remind healthcare workers to perform hand hygiene, which is commonly encouraged in many settings.

For a more anecdotal recommendation for hand hygiene compliance, read what OSHA Healthcare Advisor blogger Kathy Rooker has to say as she recounts a story about a recent survey she did where a doctor only washed his hands with antibacterial soap. While your there, download the Hand Hygiene Data Collection Worksheet featured on the Tools page.

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