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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Three reasons why healthcare facilities are moving towards electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring

Posted by Allison Pearsall on Oct 6, 2017 5:12:04 PM

In a recent survey of over 300 healthcare executives and managers, only 15% said they are extremely satisfied with their current method of measuring hand hygiene compliance in their healthcare facility.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, patient safety, hand hygiene compliance, direct observation, healthcare costs

Does Direct Observation still have a place in hospitals?

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Jun 9, 2016 2:31:41 PM

When it comes to measuring hand hygiene compliance direct observation is the go-to method for most hospitals. But, it is no secret that direct observation, once called “the gold standard”, is highly inaccurate and unreliable. Many studies have proven that direct observation captures only a fraction of actual events and is vastly flawed because of its link to the Hawthorne Effect and observer bias. But does this mean that we should abandon it altogether? And, with the introduction of new technology in the hand hygiene compliance market, does direct observation still have a place in hospitals? I think yes.

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Topics: direct observation

Inaccurate Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates Challenged

Posted by Patrick Boshell on Feb 11, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The debate of whether healthcare professionals are keeping their hands clean enough made it all the way to the House of Commons in the United Kingdom recently.  The issue is that some UK hospitals are reporting hand hygiene compliance rates as high as 100% though independent studies show the real numbers can be as low as 18%.  As a result, instances of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) persist.  This is resulting in “unnecessary infection”, said Nigel Mills, Member of Parliament (MP) who led the debate.  

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Topics: HAIs, hand hygiene compliance, direct observation

The new patient safety crusaders have arrived! Welcome EHCO!

Posted by DebMed on Feb 4, 2016 9:30:00 AM

What do you think of when you head to a hospital for an outpatient procedure, to have a baby, or are admitted to an emergency department? Likely, hand hygiene of your nurses, technicians and physicians is not the first thing on your mind. You want to get better, or experience your joyous moment, and you want to trust people who are there to help you.

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Topics: patient safety, hand hygiene compliance, direct observation, EHCO

Manual Hand Hygiene Audits: Missing the Point?

Posted by DebMed on Apr 23, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Pen: check. Clipboard: check. Outdated method: check.

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Topics: hand hygiene, direct observation

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