Joint Commission Releases Speak Up to Prevent Infection Campaign

PUBLISHED: Feb 6, 2019
Relevant to: All Healthcare Organizations

The Joint Commission (TJC) has released their new Speak Up to Prevent Infection Campaign, an educational campaign consisting of easy-to-read, ready-made resources, in both English and Spanish, that addresses how health care providers can help the patient/family be involved in their care.

Resources include the six primary ways that caregivers, patients and their advocates can actively prevent the risk and spread of infection:

  • Clean your hands. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty. Clean your hands before eating or touching food.
  • Remind caregivers to clean their hands as soon as they enter the room. This helps prevent the spread of germs. Caregivers may wear gloves for their own protection.
  • Stay away from others when you are sick. If possible, stay home. Don’t share drinks or eating utensils, don’t touch others or shake hands, and don’t visit newborns.
  • If you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose. Use a tissue or the crook of your elbow, and clean your hands as soon as possible after you cough or sneeze. Ask for a mask as soon as you get to the doctor’s office or hospital. Keep a distance of about 5 feet between you and others.
  • If you visit a hospital patient, clean your hands when entering or exiting the hospital and before going in or out of the patient’s room. Read and follow the directions on signs posted outside the patient’s room. You may be asked to put on a mask, gloves, a paper gown, and shoe covers. If sanitizer wipes are in the room, read the instructions. Some wipes are only for cleaning equipment and surfaces and are not safe for skin. If you are unsure about what to do, ask the nurse.
  • Get shots to avoid disease. Make sure your vaccinations are current — even for adults. Help prevent diseases like the flu, whooping cough and pneumonia.

Follow the link below for more information. Providing education to help patients become their own health care advocates is an important part of providing comprehensive patient care. Included with today’s notice are example policies related to many of the recommendations provided in TJC’s Speak Up to Prevent Infection Campaign.

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