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A Comparison of Hand Hygiene Standards

Posted by Heather McLarney on Jan 15, 2015 2:52:00 PM

All healthcare organizations are aware of the necessity for proper hand hygiene. Some adhere to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, while others follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). How do the two standards compare?Slide1

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Topics: CDC, hand hygiene, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, World Health Organization, infection control

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

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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