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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Emily Weaner

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

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DebMed Summer 2018 Recap: APIC, Awards and More

Posted by Emily Weaner on Sep 20, 2018 9:30:00 AM

This summer was a busy one for the DebMed team. In June, we exhibited at the Association for the Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) 2018 Annual Conference. The conference, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, saw thousands of infection preventionists, and healthcare professionals attend  to discuss the latest technologies, scientific advancements and infection prevention strategies.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, hand hygiene compliance, hand hygiene dispensers, APIC

Hospital Floors, Pathogens and the Five-Second Rule

Posted by Emily Weaner on Aug 16, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Preventable healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) sicken an estimated 721,800 Americans annually and cost as many as 75,000 patients their lives. With roughly one-in-25 hospital patients contracting an HAI every day, these infections are one of the most serious, yet preventable threats to patient safety in healthcare facilities. It’s no wonder then, that hospital cleaning procedures and practices are a top concern among healthcare institutions.

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Topics: HAIs, Surface Cleaning

Why Can’t We Seem to Say Goodbye to Poor Hand Hygiene

Posted by Emily Weaner on Aug 2, 2018 1:28:19 PM

We know washing our hands is good. We know it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infections within healthcare settings. So then why is hand hygiene compliance still such an issue?

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Topics: 5 Moments, electronic monitoring, handwashing, hand sanitizer

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

Is patient hand hygiene the answer to reducing HAIs?

Posted by Emily Weaner on Aug 25, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Currently, the focus to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is targeted specifically at healthcare workers. However, what if there was a way to allow patients to further enhance this effort?

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Are avoiding CMS penalties worth putting patients at risk?

Posted by Emily Weaner on Aug 4, 2016 9:30:00 AM

With such a serious topic like Healthcare Associated Infections, why would hospitals misreport their HAI rates? It is a known fact that hospitals are penalized if their compliance reports do not meet the CMS program standards. Unfortunately, this has created a negative correlation between the statistics reported, and the amount of HAIs that exist in hospitals.

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Topics: CMS penalties

Hand Hygiene: Together We Can Be Better Than Average

Posted by Emily Weaner on May 5, 2016 3:00:00 AM

Often times we settle for being average. Unfortunately, when we allow ourselves to be average while working in a healthcare environment it can put a patient’s health at risk, and may ultimately result in a Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI).  However, through the use of proper hand washing, we can begin to combat HAI’s, increase patient safety and adopt a culture of higher standards for both patients and staff.

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Topics: hand hygiene, hand washing

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