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Ellingson K, Haas JP, Aiello AE, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014;35:937-960.
Hand hygiene adherence is a key target for improving patient safety. This guideline offers an overview of evidence-based strategies to monitor and promote hand hygiene, including resources developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization's "5 moments" program. The authors provide detailed practice recommendations to increase hand hygiene compliance as a way to reduce health care–associated infections.
Legislation/Regulation > Organizational Policy/Guidelines
DeCamp M, Joffe S, Fernandez CV, Faden RR, Unguru Y; Working Group on Chemotherapy Drug Shortages in Pediatric Oncology. Pediatrics. 2014;133:e716-e724.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission; May 17, 2011.
This announcement reveals the new National Patient Safety Goal for 2012, which aims to reduce catheter-acquired infections in hospitals.
Yokoe DS, Mermel LA, Anderson DJ, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2008;29:901-994.
Health care–associated infections (HAIs) remain the most common adverse event affecting patients while hospitalized and after discharge. However, applying patient safety techniques as well as traditional infection control methods has resulted in significant successes in curbing these infections. This practice guideline, developed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, summarizes preventive interventions and implementation strategies for prevention of the four most common HAIs (catheter-related bloodstream infection, ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infection, and surgical site infection). Evidence-based recommendations are also provided for limiting the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and preventing Clostridium difficile infections.