The Joint Commission has published a monograph, titled Measuring Hand Hygiene Adherence: Overcoming the Challenges, to help health care organizations target their efforts in measuring hygiene performance. This monograph is the result of a 2-year collaboration with major infection control organizations in the United States and abroad; it systematically reviews the strengths and weaknesses of commonly used approaches to measure compliance with hand hygiene and provides examples of measurement methods and tools as well as references to evidence-based guidelines and published literature. The monograph is available at www.jointcommission.org/PatientSafety/InfectionControl/hh_monograph.htm.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released plain-language guides for consumers and health care professionals comparing the efficacy, effectiveness, and side effects of newer premixed insulin to conventional insulin (human insulin) and other preparations used to control type 2 diabetes. The guides are available at http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/healthInfo.cfm; click on “Diabetes” and...

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