DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

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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