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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Changing the Culture of Hand Hygiene in Healthcare

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Oct 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Making a change in an established routine isn’t easy, especially when it comes to breaking a bad habit. In the world of healthcare, hand hygiene is essential to patient safety, and yet healthcare organizations struggle with compliance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. The CDC also reports that about one in 25 patients acquires a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) during their hospital stay.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, Joint Commission, culture change

What's the link between Nurses’ Attitudes and Hand Hygiene Compliance?

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Oct 4, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Nurses play an important role in reducing instances of infection among their patients, whether they work in a hospital, healthcare facility or in the home. But are they the key to better compliance with infection control practices?

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Topics: patient safety, hand hygiene compliance, Nursing

DebMed Summer 2018 Recap: APIC, Awards and More

Posted by Emily Weaner on Sep 20, 2018 9:30:00 AM

This summer was a busy one for the DebMed team. In June, we exhibited at the Association for the Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) 2018 Annual Conference. The conference, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, saw thousands of infection preventionists, and healthcare professionals attend  to discuss the latest technologies, scientific advancements and infection prevention strategies.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, APIC, hand hygiene dispensers, hand hygiene compliance

MP Andrea Jenkyns speaks out in recent Parliamentary debate – ‘we need to embrace technology in order to save lives’

Posted by Guest Author Andrea Jenkyns, MP on Sep 6, 2018 9:30:00 AM

From the DebMed UK Blog...

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Topics: HAI, technology, hand hygiene

For Preventing Infections, Sanitizer is Still your Best Friend!

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Aug 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Lately, media coverage of articles claiming bacteria is becoming resistant to hand sanitizer has gotten quite a bit of attention in the infection prevention space. However, before we sound the alarms, it is important to look beyond just the titles of these articles and see the facts.

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Topics: hand sanitizer, hand hygiene, 5 Moments, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene

Hospital Floors, Pathogens and the Five-Second Rule

Posted by Emily Weaner on Aug 16, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Preventable healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) sicken an estimated 721,800 Americans annually and cost as many as 75,000 patients their lives. With roughly one-in-25 hospital patients contracting an HAI every day, these infections are one of the most serious, yet preventable threats to patient safety in healthcare facilities. It’s no wonder then, that hospital cleaning procedures and practices are a top concern among healthcare institutions.

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Topics: HAIs, Surface Cleaning

Why Can’t We Seem to Say Goodbye to Poor Hand Hygiene

Posted by Emily Weaner on Aug 2, 2018 1:28:19 PM

We know washing our hands is good. We know it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infections within healthcare settings. So then why is hand hygiene compliance still such an issue?

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Topics: handwashing, 5 Moments, hand sanitizer, electronic monitoring

Tips to make it through summer safely!

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Jul 19, 2018 9:30:00 AM

The summer is most people’s favorite time of year, the days are longer, the weather is warmer which means we spend more time outdoors and enjoying our surroundings. But with all the excitement that summer brings, it can also bring about some health risks when the temperature gets too high and the bugs emerge. Therefore it is important to be mindful of how to stay safe while spending time in the heat and during certain activities that can pose a risk to our health.

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Topics: hand hygiene, safety culture

Disruptive Technology - Leading  the Way in the Healthcare Industry

Posted by Martyn Hodgkinson on Jul 5, 2018 10:41:25 AM

As disruptive technology continues to grow, Healthcare facilities are considering the use of electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems as part of their infection prevention protocols.

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Topics: technology, electronic monitoring, infection prevention

Data + Insight = Improved Patient Care

Posted by DebMed on Jun 21, 2018 9:58:27 AM

For clinicians, nurses, infection preventionists and environmental services  staff to be successful, they need data. Whether it is statistics on surgical techniques, records on patient vitals, analytics on current infection outbreaks or how much cleaning chemicals to use on a particular surface, more data equals more insight. In the healthcare industry, these insights can often literally mean life or death.

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Topics: measurement, hand hygiene compliance, improving clinical outcomes

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