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.
Piloting the Hand Hygiene Targeted Solutions Tool (TST)® Internationally:
During 2012, nine Joint Commission International accredited health organizations from Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Europe successfully implemented the TST in adult and pediatric care units. The group experienced a dramatic 72% improvement in hand hygiene practices, based on thousands of direct observations.
Clinicians found the TST to be effective and easy to implement within their organizations. Each hospital faced distinctive challenges in hand hygiene practices which were addressed through the comprehensive, data-driven TST process.
Start Date: 04/16/2012
“For us the “Hand Hygiene Target Solution Tool” is a well-designed tool. Our staff (Secret Observers and Just in Time Coaches) can easily use the observation form because it is very simple and the steps are easy to follow. We like this method because identifying contributing factors helps us to focus on specific interventions. More importantly, The Hand Hygiene TST provides statistical analysis on our data, which is important for our organization’s quality program."
Dr. Handojo Raharjo - CEO of Premier Jatinegara Hospital, Jakarta – Indonesia