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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Patient Hand Hygiene: It’s as easy as 1 – 2 - 3

Posted by DebMed on Apr 2, 2019 9:00:00 AM

It’s been proven time and time again – hand hygiene compliance plays a critical role in reducing HAIs. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agrees, that when healthcare professionals actively engage in infection prevention measures, including effective hand hygiene protocols, it’s possible to reduce the rates of certain HAIs by more than 70 percent. 

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Topics: hand hygiene compliance, dermatitis, hand washing, tips for improving hand hygiene, Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, Patient Safety Movement, dry skin

Show Your Hands Devotion – Use Lotion

Posted by DebMed on Mar 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When treating sick patients, you wear a gown, gloves and a mask. You follow the World Health Organization’s My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene and you’re careful to sanitize after touching common “high touch” spots such as elevator buttons, railings and door handles. You’ll even handwash if you think you hear someone coughing nearby. But all those precautions are doing a number on your hands.


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Topics: hand hygiene compliance, dermatitis, hand washing, tips for improving hand hygiene, Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, Patient Safety Movement, dry skin

The Importance of Skin Health in Healthcare Facilities

Posted by DebMed on Mar 29, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Winter temperatures can be harsh on skin – especially hands, as they are often more exposed to harsh conditions than other parts of the body. Couple that with the number of times a healthcare worker is required to wash their hands throughout the day, and you’ve got an increased chance of dermatitis.

As one of the most prevalent occupation disorders, occupational dermatitis accounts for nearly 15 percent of workplace injuries.

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Topics: hand hygiene education, dermatitis, Skin Health, product selection, occupational skin disease, Long Term Care, healthcare worker hand lotions

How To Protect Environmental Service Professionals From Occupational Dermatitis

Posted by DebMed on Aug 4, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Environmental service professionals are some of the unsung heroes in every facility. Without them, rooms would be left contaminated and patients would be at greater risk of contracting HAI's.

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, dermatitis, environmental services, occupational skin disease, debmed

Focus on Skin Health: Taking Care of Your Silent Majority

Posted by Jason Anthony Tetro: "The Germ Guy" on Mar 24, 2016 2:20:17 PM

There’s a concern in health – and indeed many other aspects of human systems – in which we tend to focus on the weakest aspects prone to failure yet ignore or take for granted those aspects we regard as perpetually safe. Unfortunately, when this silent majority turns on us or becomes compromised, the consequences can be dire. Even worse, figuring out how to mitigate and remediate the situation can be complicated and remediation may require drastic actions.

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Topics: healthcare, HAIs, dermatitis, Skin

Don’t Be Fooled. Know How to Combat Common Excuses for Lapses in Hand Hygiene.

Posted by DebMed on Apr 2, 2015 8:30:00 AM

The importance of practicing proper hand hygiene is nothing to joke about. Healthcare workers around the globe know they should clean their hands before, during and after patient encounters. Yet an astonishing number still don't follow established guidelines for hand hygiene. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, healthcare worker hand hygiene compliance remains below 40 percent.

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Topics: hand hygiene, electronic monitoring, healthcare, hand hygiene compliance, dermatitis

The Unexpected Side Effect of Effective Hand Hygiene

Posted by DebMed on Mar 19, 2015 9:00:00 AM

"No good deed goes unpunished."

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Topics: hand hygiene, healthcare, dermatitis

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