- Hello Jeff - It is pretty sad when hospitals have to
ENFORCE hand-washing among employees.
- One would think that people who work in hospitals would
already understand the need to wash hands. (Especially nurses and doctors)
What are they learning in medical or nursing schools?)
- US Hospitals Urged To Strictly Enforce Hand-Washing
- By Carolyn Lochhead - Chronicle Washington Bureau
- San Francisco Chronicle
- WASHINGTON -- The president
of a leading medical standards organization announced a new program Thursday
that is designed to improve health care safety practices, starting with
a rigorous approach toward hand-washing by hospital staffers.
- Hand-washing failures contribute to infections linked
to health care that kill almost 100,000 Americans a year and cost U.S.
hospitals $4 billion to $29 billion a year to combat, said Dr. Mark Chassin,
who leads the Joint Commission, which sets standards and accredits hospitals
and health care organizations.
- Chassin's announcement came after Hearst Newspapers published
the results of an investigation, "Dead by Mistake," which reported
that 247 people die every day in the United States from infections contracted
- The Joint Commission's new program, the Center for Transforming
Health Care, is funded by hospitals and other large health care providers.
- Eight leading hospitals and health systems, including
Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, have volunteered to address
hand-washing failures as a critical patient safety problem, according to
- Hand-washing problems include soaps or alcohol-based
hand rubs that are not convenient for caregivers to use and faulty data
that lull facilities into thinking hand-washing is occurring more often
than it is.
- The hospitals using the center's measurement methods
consistently found on average that caregivers washed their hands less than
50 percent of the time when they should, according to the center.
- Solutions being tested include holding everyone accountable
and responsible - doctors, nurses, food service staff, housekeepers, chaplains,
technicians and therapists.
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural
Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases"
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