DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Laura Schmidt

Future Leaders Program Graduate, DebMed, USA

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Myths That Doctors Believe about Patient Experience

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Mar 9, 2017 3:26:10 PM

The International Clinical Operations Board recently published an article on the, “5 Myths That Doctors Believe about Patient Experience.” One may think that patient experience is not directly related to hand hygiene, but let’s take a look to see how quality of care and hand hygiene are very closely related.

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Topics: Patient Experience

Why should adolescents be re-educated about hand hygiene?

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Mar 2, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The Guardian recently published an article on the importance of educating youth, but about what specifically? Mathematics, good manners,  perhaps chemistry? Let’s talk about hand hygiene. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) reports that good hand hygiene techniques should be promoted more to children. In effect, we can reduce the spread of infection at a young age, even reduce the utilization of antibiotics.

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Topics: hand hygiene, hand hygiene education

CRE superbug is spreading faster than before

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Jan 26, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Superbugs have almost become a buzz word in current media, and for good reason. But what exactly are superbugs?

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Topics: infection prevention, Antibiotic resistance, Superbugs

December 4-10 is National Handwashing Awareness Week!

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Dec 8, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Conveniently placed in the calendar, National Handwashing Awareness Week reminds us that the risk of infection is ever-present, especially around the holidays. 

Let’s first take a little review of the Principles of Hand Hygiene that are endorsed by the AMA and the AAFP:

  1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating;
  2. Do not cough into your hands;
  3. Do not sneeze into your hands;
  4. Above all, do not put your hands into your eyes, ears, and mouth.

What actually happens to the surrounding environment when you cough or sneeze into the open air or your hands? According to Inside Science, a news site supported by the American institute of Physics, an average cough forces about 3,000 droplets out of the body at around 50 miles per hour.

Similarly, but on a much grander scale, is the human sneeze. Traveling at an astounding 200 miles per hour, around 40,000 droplets can be released into the air with just ONE sneeze.

For both coughs and sneezes alike, these particles range in size. Many of the particles are dense enough that they eventually float to the floor or surrounding surfaces. However, some of the particles are so light that they can linger in the air and can be dispersed through movements such as making a hospital bed or opening a door. 

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Topics: National Handwashing Awareness Week

October is an important month for hand hygiene!

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Oct 24, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Why is hand hygiene important?

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Topics: IIPW, hand hygiene, handwashing, Global Handwashing Day

Can you sniff c. diff?

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Oct 13, 2016 9:30:00 AM

What are dogs really known for? Are they soft and cuddly? Man’s best friend? The fact: all are true, but one thing about dogs that we know to be true, is that they have an impeccable sense of smell.

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Topics: C. diff

The painful truth about MRSA

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Aug 18, 2016 9:30:00 AM

You may have heard the cryptic joke: “hospitals aren’t for the sick.” At first glance, this seems to be some sort of ironic hyperbole; at second, it is the brutal, bacterial truth.

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Topics: MRSA

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