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.
During the year-long effort, which kicked off Feb. 1, the hospital staff will utilize the WHO 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene as they strive to reach these goals, according to Elizabeth Harvill, Meadows Regional Medical Center’s Director of Marketing & Community Relations.
“We’re looking to make hands truly matter in our hospital,” Harvill added. “Safety and teamwork are two of our values and, with DebMed as our partner, we can strive for a safe environment by focusing on hand hygiene, including collaborating on best practices.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “HAI Data and Statistics,” despite “significant progress” made in reduction efforts, further improvement is needed.
“On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection,” the report states.
In addition to decreasing HAIs, which translates directly to higher quality patient care, increasing hand hygiene compliance can reduce direct costs associated with infection treatment and extended length of stay for the patient. A Duke University study found that a 5-percent increase in hand hygiene compliance can save a 200-bed hospital up to $198,000 annually.
As part of the “Clean Hands Matter” campaign, DebMed is providing Meadows with resources including:
- An introduction sheet providing information about the program to all hospital staff;
- A monthly hand hygiene checklist that will help supervisors focus huddle meetings around the topic of hand hygiene;
- Informational posters and postcards to remind hospital staff of proper hand hygiene techniques;
- Reference guides to share with hospital teams;
- Additional materials designed to raise awareness of hand hygiene, including wall clings featuring Deborah, DebMed’s virtual clinician, to engage the hospital’s staff and encourage them to achieve lasting change; and
- Training and education provided by the DebMed account manager.
“We are proud to partner with Meadows for ‘Clean Hands Matter’” said DebMed Sales Representative James Lynn. “By supplying their hospital staff with promotional, informational, and educational materials, we’ll work together to raise excitement, stimulate interest, and increase hand hygiene compliance. Our goal is to equip the Meadows team with the resources they’ll need to provide the highest level of patient care and achieve a lasting safety culture.”