Essay on Infection Prevention : Hand Hygiene

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Infection Prevention: Hand Hygiene
Kayla M. Fleming
Milwaukee Area Technical College
NRSAD 114: Management and Professional Concepts
October 16th, 2016

Infection Prevention: Hand Hygiene
It’s hard to imagine washing or sanitizing your hands every time you touch someone you’ve known for a very long time. Hand hygiene seems common place in hospital settings but may sometimes go lacking in long term care settings due simply to familiarity with the people being cared for. Regardless of the setting, the Clinical practice guidelines are the same. The purpose of this paper will be to explore the Long Term Care National Patient Safety Goal of Infection Prevention: Hand Hygiene, the Evidence-based guideline related to the National Patient Safety Goal and three of its recommendations, compare evidence and practice and review quality improvement recommendations. The Joint Commission states, “The purpose of the National Patient Safety Goals is to improve patient safety. The goals focus on Problems in health care safety and how to solve them.” (, 2016 National Patient Safety Goals list)
Review of National Patient Safety Goal
The Centers for disease Control and Prevention states that “On average, Healthcare workers clean their hands less than half of the time they should. On any given day, about one in twenty-five hospital patients has at least one healthcare associated infection.” (CDC, 2016, partial site paragraph). To promote patient safety and prevent this from…

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