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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

The Joint Commission Survey: Are You Ready?

Posted by SC Johnson Professional on Jan 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM

As we approach the one year anniversary of the Joint Commission’s decision to place an increased focus on hand hygiene behavior among healthcare staff, what have you done to better prepare your facility for its next audit?

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Topics: electronic monitoring, tips for improving hand hygiene, hand hygiene compliance, hand washing, Joint Commission, audit

Most Popular Posts of 2018

Posted by DebMed on Dec 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Another year is quickly coming to an end and we would like to to thank all our subscribers and occasional readers by sharing with you our most popular articles on hand hygiene and infection prevention from 2018. We will be taking a break over the holidays and returning in the new year!

In case you missed them here are the Top 5 articles from the DebMed Blog in 2018 ...

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Topics: electronic monitoring, tips for improving hand hygiene, hand hygiene compliance, hand washing

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, Clostridium difficile, C. diff, handwashing

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

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

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, Joint Commission, culture change

DebMed Summer 2018 Recap: APIC, Awards and More

Posted by Emily Weaner on Sep 20, 2018 9:30:00 AM

This summer was a busy one for the DebMed team. In June, we exhibited at the Association for the Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) 2018 Annual Conference. The conference, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, saw thousands of infection preventionists, and healthcare professionals attend  to discuss the latest technologies, scientific advancements and infection prevention strategies.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, APIC, hand hygiene dispensers, hand hygiene compliance

Why Can’t We Seem to Say Goodbye to Poor Hand Hygiene

Posted by Emily Weaner on Aug 2, 2018 1:28:19 PM

We know washing our hands is good. We know it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infections within healthcare settings. So then why is hand hygiene compliance still such an issue?

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Topics: handwashing, 5 Moments, hand sanitizer, electronic monitoring

Disruptive Technology - Leading  the Way in the Healthcare Industry

Posted by Martyn Hodgkinson on Jul 5, 2018 10:41:25 AM

As disruptive technology continues to grow, Healthcare facilities are considering the use of electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems as part of their infection prevention protocols.

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Topics: technology, electronic monitoring, infection prevention

New Joint Commission hand hygiene requirements… Are you ready?

Posted by Allison Pearsall on Dec 21, 2017 12:14:34 PM
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Topics: Joint Commission, hand hygiene compliance, electronic monitoring

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