Preventing infections is critical to patient safety. Effective hand hygiene practices have long been recognized as the most important way to reduce the transmission of potentially deadly germs in health care settings. To help health care organizations target their efforts in measuring hygiene performance, The Joint Commission released "Measuring Hand Hygiene Adherence: Overcoming the Challenges." The monograph is the result of a 2-year collaboration with major infection prevention and control leadership organizations in the United States and abroad to identify effective approaches for measuring adherence to hand hygiene guidelines in health care organizations.
(Source: This Month at The Joint Commission – April 2009)