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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

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

Sharp Up-Tick in Flu Cases Prompts CDC Alert

Posted by DebMed on Jan 3, 2018 12:12:59 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Health Alert Network advisory to remind clinicians to be on the lookout as flu cases are rapidly increasing nationally. The HAN alert also calls for all hospitalized and high-risk influenza patients be treated ASAP with a neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral.

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Topics: Flu

The Top 10 Things Infection Preventionists Want For The Holidays

Posted by DebMed on Dec 27, 2017 6:00:00 AM

We hope that all of your infection prevention wishes come true! Happy holidays to you and yours from your friends at DebMed.

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Topics: infection prevention, holidays, flu season

4 Ways To Give Flu The Cold Shoulder This Winter

Posted by DebMed on Nov 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Winter is just around the corner – and with it comes flu season, meaning potential bad news for healthcare facilities. Minor illnesses are already a major staffing issue for hospitals – they cause an annual average loss of 4.3 working days per person[1] – and they are especially problematic at a time of year when admissions see a major increase. However, this year could prove to be even worse…

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Topics: flu season, Influenza, infection prevention, healthcare, flu vaccine

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