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How Safe Are Our Hands?

Posted by DebMed on Feb 19, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When people think of hospitals, the words ‘clean’ or ‘sterile’ often come to mind, but according to research[i][ii][iii], words like ‘pathogens’ and ‘superbugs’ would be more appropriate.

 

Over the years, various studies have sought to determine the bacterial contamination of hospital objects frequently touched by patients, visitors and healthcare workers, as well as the potential for cross contamination from these “high-touch” surfaces.

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Topics: tips for improving hand hygiene, hand hygiene compliance, hand washing, flu season, Influenza, Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, Patient Safety Movement

Ready to Tackle Cold and Flu Season?

Posted by DebMed on Feb 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM

The world would like to think that hospital staff never contracts an illness, and rather than spreading germs, display wellness 24/7. However, that is simply “snot” the case. Healthcare professionals get seasonal cold and flu viruses just like everyone else. The difference is, healthcare professionals come into contact with and care for critically ill patients on a daily basis – some of which contracting a simple cold or flu could mean death – proving even further that the health of hospital workers is crucial to ensuring the health and wellness of patients.  

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Topics: tips for improving hand hygiene, hand hygiene compliance, hand washing, flu season, Influenza, Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, Patient Safety Movement

Acing Hand Hygiene Compliance

Posted by DebMed on Jan 22, 2019 10:05:49 AM

Imagine this scenario: Your patient, in for a routine procedure, dies 10 days post-op because of a mistake you made. That mistake? You didn’t follow hand hygiene protocol and touched the patient after closing the privacy curtain without first washing your hands. This resulted in the transmission of the antibiotic-resistant infection MRSA.

 

This is an unfortunate reality for an estimated 200,000 patients every year in Canada; 8,000 of which die as a result of their infections. The numbers are even higher in the U.S. with an estimated 687,000 hospital-associated infections (HAIs) and 72,000 deaths per year.

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

Most Popular Posts of 2018

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

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