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New Joint Commission hand hygiene requirements… Are you ready?

Posted by Allison Pearsall on Dec 21, 2017 12:14:34 PM

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Recently, Joint Commission issued an update on hand hygiene: “Effective January 1, 2018, for all accreditation programs, any observation by surveyors of individual failure to perform hand hygiene in the process of direct patient care will be cited as a deficiency resulting in a Requirement for Improvement (RFI) under Infection Prevention and Control (IC) Standard IC.02.01.01, EP 2:.”1


This significant change will affect hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission and will increase the focus on hand hygiene compliance by all staff involved with patient care.

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The DebMed® Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring System can help facilities significantly improve hand hygiene performance, including those during direct patient care. 


In its statement, Joint Commission said it’s widely known that hand hygiene is the most important intervention for preventing HAIs, and while HAIs have multiple causes, failure to perform hand hygiene should no longer be one of them.1


In the healthcare environment, indications for performing hand hygiene during direct patient care include: 5 Moments - WHO.jpg
Before touching a patient; Before performing an aseptic task; After body fluid exposure; and After contact with surfaces in the patient’s surroundings.  These are 4 of the 5 moments for hand hygiene identified by the WHO 5 Moments
2 and included in the CDC Guideline3 for Hand Hygiene, which have long been required as part of the Joint Commission Guidelines for National Patient Safety Goal 7 to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (NPSG.07.01.01).4


The DebMed® Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring System is able to capture 100% of hand hygiene events, including those during direct patient care, based on the WHO 5 Moments and CDC guidance.


It’s the only system proven in peer-reviewed published studies to enable hospitals to increase hand hygiene compliance and significantly reduce MRSA (42%) and C. diff HAIs.5,6.  That’s why more and more hospitals are relying on this clinically proven system as the simple, reliable way to boost hand hygiene performance and transform patient safety culture.

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For more information about how DebMed can help your facility be ready, visit www.debmed.com.


1 Joint Commission, Update Citing Observations of Hand Hygiene Noncompliance, December 12, 2017

 2 WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Healthcare, 2009

 3 CDC Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings, 2002

 4 Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals, 2018

 5 Kelly J, Blackhurst D, McAtee W, Steed C. Electronic hand hygiene monitoring as a tool for reducing healthcare-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection. Am J Infect Control 2016;44:956-7.

 6 Robinson N, Boeker S, Steed C, Kelly W. Innovative use of electronic hand hygiene monitoring to control a clostridium difficile cluster on a hematopoietic stem cell transplant unit. Poster presentation: Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) Annual Conference; June 2014; Anaheim, CA.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, hand hygiene compliance, Joint Commission

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