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Joint Commission Update for Infection Control
Top 10 reasons HCWs fail to wash hands
A distracted worker with hands full
In a hand hygiene improvement project by the Joint Commission's Center for Transforming Healthcare, the following common barriers to compliance were observed across the eight participating hospitals.
Ineffective placement of dispensers or sinks
Hand hygiene compliance data are not collected or reported accurately or frequently
Lack of accountability and just-in-time coaching
Safety culture does not stress hand hygiene at all levels
Ineffective or insufficient education
Wearing gloves interferes with process
Perception that hand hygiene is not needed if wearing gloves
Health care workers forget