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An estimated 2 million patients get a hospital-related infection every year and 99,000 die from their infection. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In December 2008, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare began work on its first improvement project: addressing failures in hand hygiene. The Hand Hygiene Project focuses on improving and sustaining hand hygiene compliance. Hand hygiene is critically important to safe, high quality patient care. Unfortunately, many infections are transmitted by health care personnel. To sustain improvement and make a difference, a simple slogan or campaign is not enough; demanding that health care workers try harder is not the answer. Comprehensive, systematic and sustainable change is the only solution.
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