Evaluation Of The Joint Commission Released It 's 2016 National Patient Safety Goals

817 Words Nov 11th, 2016 4 Pages
In January of this year, The Joint Commission released it 's 2016 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs). Seven goals to help improve patient safety were released with the intent of identifying problems involving safety in the health care setting and how to resolve them. Among the seven goals was to prevent infection. The Joint Commission noted that millions of people each year acquire nosocomial infections while in health care settings, and therefore it is a patient safety issue that crosses all types of health care settings. They listed the number one way to address nosocomial infections as improving compliance of hand hygiene in health care staff (NPSGs p. 8). Proper hand hygiene is the most simple, effective way to reduce nosocomial infections in healthcare settings. Nurses are at the front-line across all aspects of healthcare and are an integral part of infection control.
The first step to improving hand hygiene in healthcare settings is education. Ensuring that nursing students receive adequate training on current hand hygiene protocols, and ongoing education for current nursing staff is key. Hand hygiene includes four techniques as listed by Fundamentals of Nursing. These include “hand washing, antiseptic hand wash, antiseptic hand rub, and surgical hand asepsis (Potter & Perry 458). Students are taught to wash their hands under certain guidelines such as when hands are visibly dirty, when hands are exposed to certain spore-forming organisms like C. difficile, and…

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