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Posted by DebMed on Dec 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Another year is quickly coming to an end and we would like to to thank all our subscribers and occasional readers by sharing with you our most popular articles on hand hygiene and infection prevention from 2018. We will be taking a break over the holidays and returning in the new year!

In case you missed them here are the Top 5 articles from the DebMed Blog in 2018 ...

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Topics: electronic monitoring, tips for improving hand hygiene, hand hygiene compliance, hand washing

Let’s Break it Down: C. diff 101

Posted by DebMed on Nov 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

You may have heard of Clostridium difficile, but do you really know what it is? You know it’s bad, you know it’s prevalent in healthcare settings, but do you know what causes it, how it’s spread or what you can do to keep your facility and its occupants safe? You should.

In honor of Clostridium difficile Awareness Month, we’re breaking down this common healthcare-associated infection (HAI) to educate those in the healthcare sector and beyond.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, culture change, Clostridium difficile, C. diff, handwashing

Protecting Patients with the 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene

Posted by DebMed on Nov 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Within the world of healthcare, the term “5 Moments” holds significant meaning. As the preferred method of hand hygiene monitoring, The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene to track hand hygiene performance of healthcare workers. From entering and exiting a patient’s room, there are five critical moments that hand hygiene should be performed to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff members.

Yet, many healthcare professionals attempt to streamline the hand hygiene process to get from patient to patient more quickly. With busy schedules and long shifts, healthcare professionals often miss out on key moments to prevent HAIs and promote health by only washing their hands before and after caring for a patient. This method, otherwise known as the “in and out method,” means healthcare workers only meet two of the five critical hand hygiene moments, putting the health of patients, staff and visitors at risk.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, culture change, infection prevention, hand hygiene, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene

Healthcare Barriers to Adopting New Hand Hygiene Technology

Posted by DebMed on Nov 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A recent survey found that infection preventionists are expressing a need for updated technology and processes to help fight healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)[1]. The survey asked 650 infection preventionists and clinicians on the biggest challenges associated with infection prevention. Over half (51 percent) of respondents said the lack of adopting new technology and processes, along with insufficient support from senior leadership, are a large barrier to preventing infections.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, culture change, infection prevention, hand hygiene

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

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

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

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

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

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