How Mount Sinai increased hand hygiene compliance by 20%

New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System improved hand hygiene compliance 20 percent after implementing The Joint Commission's Targeted Solutions Tool for Hand Hygiene, according to a blog post on the accrediting body's website.

Three things to know:

1. The tool is a web-based application that allows the system's seven hospitals to measure hand hygiene compliance on a monthly basis. Each month, anonymous observers collect hand hygiene data for all types of staff members and shifts across 95 inpatient units.

2. All Mount Sinai employees can also access the compliance data via a hand hygiene dashboard.

3. In 2015, Mount Sinai had an average hand hygiene compliance of 69 percent. In 2018, this figure jumped to 89 percent.

"Progress in hand hygiene compliance has occurred simultaneously with a 59 percent decrease in hospital-acquired infections between 2015 and 2018," Rebecca Anderson, Mount Sinai's senior director of patient safety initiatives, wrote in the blog post.

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