In his latest column, UTMB’s Dr. Michael Warren writes that The Joint Commission is charged with monitoring the quality of health care in hospitals. “It performs periodic, on site, examinations of hospitals and has become increasingly interested in the hand washing issue. Hospitals are now required to measure the numbers of health care providers that do and do not wash their hands before and after each patient encounter. So now there are ‘monitors’ walking around hospitals whose job is to count the numbers and report them.”