By Ron Chappuis
Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
August 15, 2018
When you think of your healthcare organization, what’s the first word that comes to mind? If you’re among the clear majority of healthcare organizations whose real hand hygiene compliance rates average 50% or less, The Joint Commission (TJC) has one word for you: deficient.
Starting January 1, 2018, TJC began citing observation of healthcare workers failing to perform hand hygiene during patient care with a “deficiency.” Previously, an individual failure like this was not cited if the facility had a hand hygiene compliance program in place. While TJC has always recognized hand hygiene compliance as an essential element of patient safety, this significant change will affect hospitals accredited by TJC and increase focus on hand hygiene behavior by all staff involved with patient care.
Read more about TJC’s hand hygiene requirements in Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.
To learn more about hand hygiene in compliance with TJC, visit the LHA Trust Funds Hand Hygiene Toolkit.