JCI launches hand hygiene tool, helps hospitals reduce infections
Starting 31 March 2014, Joint Commission International (JCI) is providing the Hand Hygiene Targeted Solutions Tool® (TST®) at no charge to JCI-accredited health care organizations to help improve patient care and reduce health care-acquired infections. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are affected by these infections every year, leading to patient mortality and financial losses for health care providers, according to the World Health Organization.
The online tool was developed by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, a nonprofit affiliate of The Joint Commission, and has been tested by JCI-accredited health organizations in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Europe. Pilot results showed a 72% improvement in hand hygiene practices and clinicians found the TST to be effective and easy to use. “The TST is an innovative way to improve care and reduce devastating and costly health care-associated infections,” explains Erin DuPree, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare.
The TST guides health care organizations through an effective quality improvement project, providing a step-by-step process to collect baseline data, identify problem areas, implement solutions tailored to their staff needs, and track hand hygiene improvements. Users have access to real-time data analysis, training materials, and methods to chart progress.
“JCI partners with its accredited organizations on their performance improvement journey. This tool is another valuable resource offered to JCI-accredited hospitals and clinics to help them maintain the highest level of quality and patient safety,” says Paul Chang, MD, JCI’s Vice President, Accreditation, Standards, and Measurement.
Starting 31 March, members of accredited organizations can access the TST via JCI Direct Connect
Other interested parties can read more about the TST at The Center for Transforming Healthcare website
Apr 4, 2014 11:04 PM
Thank for sharing this, we hope transfer infection will decrease.
Dr M H CHUDHARY
Apr 3, 2014 05:37 PM
Apr 3, 2014 01:48 PM
Thank you for sharing this interested subject. Compliant to hand hygiene is always a challenge for health care providers,so reinforcement to this subject is required