DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Paper Towels or Hot Air Dryers - Which is Better & Why?

Posted by Patrick Boshell on Mar 23, 2017 10:56:10 AM

We all know 80% of common infectious diseases are spread by our hands and effective hand washing remains our best defense - but what about hand drying? Are all methods created equal?    

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, hand cleaning, hand drying

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) leads Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18.

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Mar 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Patient Safety Awareness Week is a time to raise awareness about preventable harm in health care. As part of NPSF’s campaign they issued a Call to Action, citing patient safety as a public health crisis that requires a public health response.

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Topics: Patient Safety Awareness Week

Myths That Doctors Believe about Patient Experience

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Mar 9, 2017 3:26:10 PM

The International Clinical Operations Board recently published an article on the, “5 Myths That Doctors Believe about Patient Experience.” One may think that patient experience is not directly related to hand hygiene, but let’s take a look to see how quality of care and hand hygiene are very closely related.

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Topics: Patient Experience

Why should adolescents be re-educated about hand hygiene?

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Mar 2, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The Guardian recently published an article on the importance of educating youth, but about what specifically? Mathematics, good manners,  perhaps chemistry? Let’s talk about hand hygiene. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) reports that good hand hygiene techniques should be promoted more to children. In effect, we can reduce the spread of infection at a young age, even reduce the utilization of antibiotics.

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Topics: hand hygiene, hand hygiene education

Touchscreens: The Mosquito of the Digital Age

Posted by DebMed on Feb 23, 2017 3:19:20 PM

The widespread and rapidly growing automation and digitization of our world has led to the installation of billions of touchscreens, both in our personal possession and in public use, such as at hospitals, airports, schools, restaurants, public transit, banks and government offices.

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Topics: infection prevention

Meadows Regional Medical Center Teams Up with DebMed on “Clean Hands Matter”

Posted by DebMed on Feb 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

DebMed is partnering with Georgia’s Meadows Regional Medical Center on the “Clean Hands Matter” campaign to increase hand hygiene compliance, decrease healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), develop the highest standards of behavior, and provide the highest level of patient care.

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Topics: HAIs, hand hygiene compliance, hand hygiene education

Bacteria is lurking everywhere, how do we fight it?

Posted by DebMed on Feb 9, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Hand hygiene compliance is vital to healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention and control. But it is just one strategy within a multitude of strategies essential to the fight against HAIs. Two studies confirm the need for extreme vigilance over bacteria on hard surfaces, linens and scrubs.

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Topics: infection prevention, HAIs

Physicians’ Stethoscopes More Contaminated Than Palms of Their Hand

Posted by DebMed on Feb 2, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Although healthcare workers’ hands are the main source of bacterial transmission in hospitals, physicians’ stethoscopes appear to play a role. To explore this question, investigators at the University of Geneva Hospitals assessed the level of bacterial contamination on physicians’ hands and stethoscopes following a single physical examination.   The study appears in the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Topics: hand hygiene

CRE superbug is spreading faster than before

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Jan 26, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Superbugs have almost become a buzz word in current media, and for good reason. But what exactly are superbugs?

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Topics: infection prevention, Antibiotic resistance, Superbugs

Nurses Clothing Covered in Bacteria

Posted by Lisa A. Mack, MS, MPH on Jan 19, 2017 9:30:00 AM

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick.” Miuccia Prada.

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention

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