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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

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: hand hygiene compliance, measurement, improving clinical outcomes

Mind boggling facts: Why do some men avoid handwashing?

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Jun 7, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Brace yourself. A study from Michigan State University reported that only 5.3 percent of men wash their hands for the CDC-recommended 15 seconds or more after using the restroom. Even worse, many neglect to wash their hands at all. In a 2005 study by the American Society for Microbiology, it was observed that only 75% of men washed their hands after using the restroom compared to 90% of women.

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Topics: handwashing

A successful infection prevention strategy includes more than just hand hygiene

Posted by Emily Weaner on May 24, 2018 9:30:00 AM

When it comes to healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention strategy in healthcare facilities – where does it start?

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Topics: hand hygiene, multimodal strategy, environmental services, Patient Safety Movement

It’s In (And On) Your Hands: Save Lives this World Hand Hygiene Day

Posted by Brittany Taylor on May 2, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Each year on May 5, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call on healthcare facilities to promote hand hygiene and infection prevention awareness and action. Known as Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Day, the celebration targets healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), infection prevention, and the key role proper hand hygiene plays in reducing their spread.

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Topics: SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Day, May 5th, Hand hygiene day

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

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