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Nurse Executives: Bold Champions of Hand Hygiene Compliance

Posted by DebMed on Apr 9, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Nurse executives—and the nurses they lead—are indispensable champions of patient safety via total hand hygiene compliance programs. This includes being aware of never events, defined by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as "serious, preventable, and costly medical errors." With new financial penalties from the CMS being imposed as part of the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, nurses must be knowledgeable and more vigilant than ever in leading the fight to combat never events, which, for the most part, are preventable. In addition to the serious toll they take on patient health and treatment costs, hospitals with rates above the national average of one percent now face new financial penalties.

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Topics: hand hygiene, hand hygiene compliance, hospital leadership

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