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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

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

When It Comes to Hand Hygiene, Quantity Does Equal Quality

Posted by DebMed on Jun 11, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Teaching and Monitoring Compliance against the World Health Organization and CDC Standards Reflect Best Practice

Few, if any, would argue the fact that frequent hand cleaning by healthcare staff is essential in preventing the spread of infection and keeping patients and staff safe. However, when it comes to agreeing on the opportunities for hand hygiene, there can still be differences of opinion. And when that difference of opinion is put into practice, healthcare professionals are potentially putting patients at risk.

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Topics: hand hygiene, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, Canadian 4 Moments, IPAC

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