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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

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: 5 Moments, flu season, Influenza, hand hygiene education, Canadian 4 Moments

The Psychology of Hand Hygiene

Posted by DebMed on Aug 24, 2017 2:10:32 PM

How can you incentivize a team of healthcare professionals to change longstanding behaviors? Motivations such as money, being observed, peer pressure, or other incentives might work in the short term, but how do you get someone to permanently change a behavior?

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Topics: hand hygiene, 5 Moments, hand hygiene compliance, behavior change, tips for improving hand hygiene, peer pressure

How To Get Better Hand Hygiene For Long Term Care Homes

Posted by DebMed on Aug 10, 2017 10:14:33 AM

Hand hygiene in care homes is not always what it ought to be: evidence cited by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that the prevalence of Healthcare Associated Infections in Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF) ranges between 6 and 10 per 100 residents, and identifies an increase in HAI risk due to absence of infection control professionals and hand hygiene protocols. According to the UK Care Quality Commission, some studies now suggest that the number of infections in care homes may be comparable to those in hospitals[1].

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Topics: hand hygiene, 5 Moments, Canadian 4 Moments, Skin Care Products for LTC, Long Term Care

5 Things You Need To Know To Support Your Multimodal Strategy

Posted by DebMed on Jul 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

With the kids out of school and vacation season in full swing, you may have missed our 5-Part Series on best practices for driving hand hygiene compliance.  

The follow blog posts discuss the impact that product and behavior drivers have on compliance, including: key considerations of hand sanitizer (wet time, coverage and efficacy); the importance of product availability, location and ease of use; the critical role of educating staff on why, when and how to clean hands; and the role that monitoring and feedback plays in improving staff performance. 

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Topics: hand hygiene, 5 Moments, infection prevention, electronic monitoring, healthcare-associated infections, hand hygiene compliance monitoring, HAIs, Canadian 4 Moments, multimodal strategy, product availability

Hand Hygiene Education: Why, When and How

Posted by DebMed on Jun 15, 2017 11:00:00 AM

This is the fourth of a five-part series that covers best practices driving effective hand hygiene compliance. This blog discusses the importance of hand hygiene education.

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Topics: CDC, 5 Moments, WHO, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, Canadian 4 Moments

WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Day! Your Five Action Items for May 5

Posted by DebMed on Apr 16, 2015 9:30:00 AM

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care, aimed at reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) worldwide. The SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands annual global campaign, a natural extension of the Clean Care is Safer Care program, highlights the importance of all healthcare workers cleaning their hands at the right time and in the right way. This year’s campaign theme is Strengthening healthcare systems and delivery – hand hygiene is your entrance door, which aims to galvanize action at the point of care to demonstrate that hand hygiene is the entrance door for reducing HAIs and patient safety.

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Topics: hand hygiene, 5 Moments, WHO, SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Day, May 5th

It’s Time for a Renewed Focus on Hand Hygiene Compliance

Posted by Heather McLarney on Feb 12, 2015 9:30:00 AM

This is the first of a five-part series that covers best practices for driving effective hand hygiene compliance. The series will discuss the impact product and behavior drivers have on compliance, including: key considerations of hand sanitizer (wet time, coverage and efficacy); the importance of product availability, location and ease of use; the critical role of educating staff on why, when and how to clean hands; and the role that monitoring and feedback plays in improving staff compliance.

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Topics: hand hygiene, 5 Moments, WHO, healthcare-associated infections, patient safety, World Health Organization, infection control, HAIs, hand hygiene compliance

Fist Bump or Handshake: Which is Safer?

Posted by DebMed on Jan 8, 2015 12:27:00 PM

Viewers of the game show Deal or No Deal probably remember host Howie Mandel's habit of bumping fists with contestants instead of shaking their hands. It was later revealed that Mandel preferred the fist bump because of an intense fear of germs, which was part of his obsessive-compulsive disorder. With hand hygiene compliance becoming such a critical issue in the healthcare arena, experts are considering whether Mandel was ahead of his time.

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Topics: CDC, hand hygiene, 5 Moments, infection prevention, WHO, patient safety, infection control, hand shake, fistbump

Physicians on the Front Lines: Where technology can help to make the clean hand the winning hand

Posted by Geeta Nayyar on Oct 22, 2014 4:37:00 PM

As a physician, technology geek and mother, I find it perplexing that one area of healthcare that has not yet been penetrated by electronic devices is hand hygiene. Especially today, when it seems every few months a new virus is being combatted such as the enterovirus, currently spreading in schools. Not to mention the recent Ebola virus threat.

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Topics: IIPW, hand hygiene, 5 Moments, infection prevention, technology, WHO, electronic monitoring, International Infection Prevention Week, clean hands, healthcare-associated infections, electronic devices, compliance, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, World Health Organization

Hand hygiene and the post-antibiotic era

Posted by Jason Anthony Tetro: "The Germ Guy" on Oct 20, 2014 1:22:00 PM

 Today marks the start of International Infection Prevention Week, which takes place the third week of October each year. To help build recognition and raise awareness of the role infection prevention plays in improved patient safety, DebMed will be sharing posts from experts in the field to share unique perspectives and foster conversation. Our first entry below comes from Jason Tetro, microbiologist and best-selling author of ‘The Germ Code.’ We invite you to read, comment and share Jason’s post.


 

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Topics: IIPW, CDC, hand hygiene, post-antibiotic era, 5 Moments, infection prevention

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