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Joint Commission International launches new tool to help hospitals reduce infections
Joint Commission International (JCI) is providing the Targeted Solutions Tool (TST) for hand hygiene at no additional charge to JCI-accredited healthcare organisations, to help improve patient care and reduce health care-associated infections.
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are affected by these infections every year, leading to patient mortality and financial losses for healthcare providers, according to the World Health Organisation.
The online tool was developed by the Joint Commission Centre for Transforming Healthcare,- a non-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, and has been tested by JCI-accredited healthcare organisations in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. Pilot results showed a 72% improvement in hand hygiene practices and clinicians found the TST to be effective and easy to use.
"The TST is an innovative way to improve care and reduce devastating and costly healthcare-associated infections," explains Erin DuPree, MD, chief medical officer and vice president, Joint Commission Cenre for Transforming Healthcare.
The TST guides healthcare organisations through an effective quality improvement project, providing a step-by-step process to collect baseline data, identify problem areas, implement solutions tailored to their staff needs, and track hand hygiene improvements. Users have access to real-time data analysis, training materials, and methods to chart progress.
"JCI partners with its accredited organisations on their performance improvement journey," says Paul Chang, MD, vice president, Accreditation, Standards, and Measurement, JCI. "This tool is another valuable resource offered to JCI-accredited hospitals and clinics to help them maintain the highest level of quality and patient safety."
Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1994 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, a wholly controlled, not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission. Through international accreditation, advisory services, publications and education programs, JCI extends The Joint Commission's mission worldwide by helping to improve the quality of patient care. JCI assists international healthcare organisations, public health agencies, health ministries and others, in more than 100 countries.
10th April 2014