The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, supported by the American Hospital Association, last month released an interactive tool to help hospitals improve hand hygiene. Created by eight hospitals and health care systems, the center's first Targeted Solutions Tool provides a process to measure hand-hygiene performance, identify barriers to performance and implement solutions. The first eight participants improved their average hand-hygiene compliance rate from 48 percent to 82 percent. Nineteen other hospitals are now experiencing similar gains. "Consistent excellence in hand hygiene is vital to our larger aim of eliminating preventable health care-associated infections," says Joint Commission President Mark Chassin, M.D.

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