Archive for: December, 2017

Joint Commission to increase hand hygiene focus

By: December 21st, 2017 Email This Post Print This Post

The Joint Commission (TJC) will soon be scrutinizing hand hygiene more closely.

Starting in 2018, if a surveyor from the accrediting organization witnesses an individual who directly cares for patients fail to perform required hand hygiene, the person’s healthcare organization will receive a citation under TJC’s Infection Prevention and Control (IC) standard IC.02.01.01, element of performance 2, which requires organizations to use precautions such as hand hygiene to reduce infection risk. In addition, healthcare facilities must meet National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 07.01.01, which requires them to implement and maintain a hand hygiene program.

The change, announced Thursday, will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

Previously, healthcare organizations were not penalized for an individual failure to perform proper hand hygiene if that organization had an otherwise compliant hand hygiene program. But under this change, if a surveyor spots an individual who does not properly wash his or her hands, the surveyor will cite the organization for a deficiency resulting in a Requirement for Improvement.

In 2004, TJC first required all healthcare organizations to implement hand hygiene programs and keep track of individual performance within that plan. Proper hand hygiene, of course, is critical for preventing infections in a healthcare setting.

Hazards continue after the wildfire

By: December 7th, 2017 Email This Post Print This Post

Fires continue to rage in Southern California this December, continuing a long and brutal wildfire season for the state. Low rainfall and high winds have caused the Thomas fire (which spans 150 square miles as of this post) to spread through Venture and Los Angeles counties.

Once the flames die out, there will be weeks or months of cleanup and repair needed. Workers involved in the clean up will face a variety of hazards as they help affected communities. OSHA has updated it’s site with resources on common hazards associated with wildfires and highlight useful precautions for workers:

Read more on the OSHA website

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