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The Joint Commission Update for Infection Control
Organizational culture issues, key strategies
It is important to investigate the reasons for nonadherence to hand hygiene guidelines before deciding on one or more improvement strategies, according to a new report by The Joint Commission and its partners. It also is useful to examine the organizational context of health care delivery, which may facilitate or inhibit adherence. Such organizational factors include:
Staff hand hygiene practices can be improved through efforts such as:
The following organizations, which collaborated with The Joint Commission on this monograph, are good resource for information on improving the measurement of hand hygiene performance:
(Editor's note: The Joint Commission report: "Measuring Hand Hygiene Adherence: Overcoming the Challenges" is available on the commission's web site at: www.jointcommission.org.)