JCAHO Update for Infection Control

Survey says: Hand hygiene compliance biggest woe

Limiting exposures cited second

A new patient safety center founded by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations will include an emphasis on infection control. Not surprisingly, improving hand hygiene was the most frequently cited problem area cited by ICPs in a poll posted shortly after the web site debuted. As this issue went to press, here were the results for this question:

Which of the following infection prevention and control strategies is the most difficult for you to implement?

  • promoting and monitoring hand hygiene (54%);
  • limiting unprotected exposures to pathogens through the hospital (21%);
  • minimizing the risk of infection transmission associated with procedures, medical devices, and equipment (e.g., urinary catheters, intravenous lines, staff inservice) (10%);
  • assessing staff for risk of exposure to infectious pathogens during their course of work in your organization (9%);
  • establishing system procedures for cleaning, sterilization, disinfection, storage and/or disposal of supplies and equipment. (4%).