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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Let’s Break it Down: C. diff 101

Posted by DebMed on Nov 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

You may have heard of Clostridium difficile, but do you really know what it is? You know it’s bad, you know it’s prevalent in healthcare settings, but do you know what causes it, how it’s spread or what you can do to keep your facility and its occupants safe? You should.

In honor of Clostridium difficile Awareness Month, we’re breaking down this common healthcare-associated infection (HAI) to educate those in the healthcare sector and beyond.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, culture change, handwashing, C. diff, Clostridium difficile

Protecting Patients with the 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene

Posted by DebMed on Nov 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Within the world of healthcare, the term “5 Moments” holds significant meaning. As the preferred method of hand hygiene monitoring, The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene to track hand hygiene performance of healthcare workers. From entering and exiting a patient’s room, there are five critical moments that hand hygiene should be performed to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff members.

Yet, many healthcare professionals attempt to streamline the hand hygiene process to get from patient to patient more quickly. With busy schedules and long shifts, healthcare professionals often miss out on key moments to prevent HAIs and promote health by only washing their hands before and after caring for a patient. This method, otherwise known as the “in and out method,” means healthcare workers only meet two of the five critical hand hygiene moments, putting the health of patients, staff and visitors at risk.

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, electronic monitoring, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, culture change

Healthcare Barriers to Adopting New Hand Hygiene Technology

Posted by DebMed on Nov 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A recent survey found that infection preventionists are expressing a need for updated technology and processes to help fight healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)[1]. The survey asked 650 infection preventionists and clinicians on the biggest challenges associated with infection prevention. Over half (51 percent) of respondents said the lack of adopting new technology and processes, along with insufficient support from senior leadership, are a large barrier to preventing infections.

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, electronic monitoring, culture change

Changing the Culture of Hand Hygiene in Healthcare

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Oct 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Making a change in an established routine isn’t easy, especially when it comes to breaking a bad habit. In the world of healthcare, hand hygiene is essential to patient safety, and yet healthcare organizations struggle with compliance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. The CDC also reports that about one in 25 patients acquires a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) during their hospital stay.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, culture change, Joint Commission

Implementing a Culture Change in the Healthcare Setting [Infographic]

Posted by DebMed on May 14, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Attempting to change the culture in a hospital or other healthcare setting can be a daunting process. Even if the idea being implemented is widely accepted and the need for the change is agreed upon, resistance to the process of change can always be expected.

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Topics: healthcare, culture, culture change, measurement

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