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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

From Health and Safety to Hand Hygiene: Communication is Key

Posted by DebMed on Apr 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Communication between everyone in the unit is critical to patient safety, this includes Doctors Nurses, EVS, Dietary, Administration, Ancillary Staff, as well as, the Patient him/herself.  Dialog about safety and best practices are essential to a patient safety culture and everyone should feel empowered to speak up when they see an opportunity to eliminate risks to the patient. 

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Topics: healthcare-associated infections, daily huddles

It’s Not a Project; it’s the Way You Work: Committing to Culture Change

Posted by DebMed on Apr 12, 2018 11:29:38 AM

According to the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF), two of the leading patient safety challenges facing hospitals today go hand-in-hand with the Joint Commission’s newest requirements in improving hand hygiene – creating a culture of safety and reducing healthcare associated infections.

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Topics: tips for improving hand hygiene, Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, Patient Safety Movement, Joint commission Targeted Solutions Tool

The Importance of Skin Health in Healthcare Facilities

Posted by DebMed on Mar 29, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Winter temperatures can be harsh on skin – especially hands, as they are often more exposed to harsh conditions than other parts of the body. Couple that with the number of times a healthcare worker is required to wash their hands throughout the day, and you’ve got an increased chance of dermatitis.

As one of the most prevalent occupation disorders, occupational dermatitis accounts for nearly 15 percent of workplace injuries.

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Topics: hand hygiene education, dermatitis, Skin Health, product selection, occupational skin disease, Long Term Care, healthcare worker hand lotions

The Significance of “Culture” in Hand Hygiene Performance

Posted by DebMed on Mar 15, 2018 9:56:37 AM

When it comes to hand hygiene performance in healthcare facilities, how do you establish compliance?

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Topics: hand hygiene compliance, Patient Safety Awareness Week, Evidence-Based Improvement, multimodal strategy

Visiting a Hospitalized Patient This Flu Season? Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Go

Posted by DebMed on Feb 15, 2018 2:27:04 PM

According to recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the first time in its history of reporting, the US is experiencing widespread flu activity in every part of the continental U.S.

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Topics: 5 Moments, flu season, Influenza, hand hygiene education, Canadian 4 Moments

Hand Hygiene in the Spotlight as Flu Now Widespread in 46 States

Posted by DebMed on Jan 9, 2018 12:36:00 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Health Alert Network advisory (HAN) as influenza activity increased sharply the latter part of December, according to CDC Weekly FluView. The predominant subtype reported since the season began in October is H3N2, and while the mortality rate currently remains below epidemic levels, 13 pediatric deaths have been attributed to influenza this season.

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Topics: hand hygiene, Flu

Hi-Tech Hand Wash: Electronic Hand Hygiene Systems Bring the Newest Technology to an Age-Old Problem

Posted by Allison Pearsall on Jan 4, 2018 10:02:00 AM

As advancing technology continues its inexorable expansion into virtually every area of healthcare with promise of improved efficiency and outcomes, today’s electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems are equipping hospital managers with critical data that is helping them drive significantly improved hand hygiene compliance and significant decreases in health care-associated infections.  A recent article published in Health Facilities Management described the marked shift taking place toward electronic monitoring systems  because of their ability to capture up to 100 percent of hand hygiene events and deliver the valid, reliable data needed for lasting staff performance improvement.

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Topics: hand hygiene compliance monitoring, hand hygiene compliance

Sharp Up-Tick in Flu Cases Prompts CDC Alert

Posted by DebMed on Jan 3, 2018 12:12:59 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Health Alert Network advisory to remind clinicians to be on the lookout as flu cases are rapidly increasing nationally. The HAN alert also calls for all hospitalized and high-risk influenza patients be treated ASAP with a neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral.

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Topics: Flu

The Top 10 Things Infection Preventionists Want For The Holidays

Posted by DebMed on Dec 27, 2017 6:00:00 AM

We hope that all of your infection prevention wishes come true! Happy holidays to you and yours from your friends at DebMed.

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Topics: infection prevention, holidays, flu season

New Joint Commission hand hygiene requirements… Are you ready?

Posted by Allison Pearsall on Dec 21, 2017 12:14:34 PM
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Topics: electronic monitoring, hand hygiene compliance, Joint Commission

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