Q: Based on the 2010 standards, how did The Joint Commission change the goal for healthcare organizations to demonstrate compliance with hand hygiene guidelines in the National Patient Safety Goals?
- A. The Joint Commission increased the goal for compliance with hand hygiene guidelines from 90% to 100%.
- B. The Joint Commission decreased the goal for compliance with hand hygiene guidelines from 90% to 80%.
- C. The Joint Commission kept its goal for compliance with hand hygiene guidelines at 90% until January 2011.
- D. The Joint Commission allows healthcare organizations to set their own goals for compliance with hand hygiene guidelines.
Answer D is correct. Effective January 1, 2010, healthcare organizations can now set their own goals for compliance with hand hygiene guidelines. The Joint Commission revised its 2010 standards to be more realistic, after recognizing the difficulty that healthcare organizations had in reaching the goal of 90% compliance. Because of this difficulty, The Joint Commission did not increase the goal for compliance. Instead of decreasing the goal to 80% or keeping it at 90%, The Joint Commission made the requirement more realistic.
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