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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

Research Drives Hand Hygiene Innovation

Posted by DebMed on Jan 12, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Research is vital to change and transformation. Through research healthcare professionals can confirm assumptions, redefine perceptions, forge strategies and manage risk and performance.  Research also dictates the direction of infection prevention and control.  A steady flow of hand hygiene research, for example, improves hand hygiene compliance and reduces healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).  Healthcare professionals can take pride in the research-focused hand hygiene headlines that surfaced in 2016: 

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Topics: hand hygiene, Research

Integration Is the Pathway to Improvement

Posted by DebMed on Jan 5, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Let’s Blend Hand Hygiene Compliance with the Quest for Skin Health     
 
With the Ebola and Zika outbreaks making headlines in 2016, the healthcare industry has retained its focus on infection prevention and control efforts. In the US, healthcare organizations (HCOs) continue implementing the CDC’s evidence-based infection control guidelines, APIC’s infection prevention recommendations, and SHEA’s epidemiology and infection prevention guidance.

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Topics: healthcare-associated infections, HAIs, hand hygiene compliance, Skin Health, improving clinical outcomes

Leapfrog Group results demand hand hygiene compliance

Posted by DebMed on Dec 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Patient safety breakdowns in the form of injuries, accidents and infections kill more than 200,000 people annually, according to the Leapfrog Group. The  Fall 2016 Safety Grades reveal that not all hospitals are created equal in their ability to protect patient safety and prevent and control healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

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Topics: patient safety, HAIs, hand hygiene compliance

New HHS Guidelines Carry Implications for Hand Hygiene Compliance

Posted by DebMed on Dec 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM

New targets developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prevent costly and sometimes deadly healthcare-associationed infections (HAIs) suggest the need for increased vigilance of hand hygiene compliance.

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Topics: HAIs, hand hygiene compliance, MRSA

New WHO SSI guidelines confirm vital role of hand hygiene

Posted by DebMed on Nov 17, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) just reminded the healthcare community of a troubling reality: Millions of people die every year from preventable surgical site infections (SSIs).

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Topics: hand hygiene, SSI, Surgical Site Infections

Do you know what’s hiding on your smartphone?

Posted by DebMed on Nov 10, 2016 9:30:00 AM

A recent study in the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection revealed that mobile phones present a substantial infection risk, with evidence of viruses on 38.5 percent of devices. Researchers swabbed phones at a French hospital and discovered rotavirus on 39 of 109 phones as well as viruses that cause stomach ailments and lung infections. A fifth of staff didn’t clean their hands after handling their phones.

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Topics: hand hygiene, Smart Phones

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