DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Key Considerations When Choosing an Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring System

Posted by DebMed on Apr 14, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Experts at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimate that nearly two million infections are acquired by patients each year in U.S. hospitals, resulting in countless additional inpatient days, readmissions, complications, increased costs, and approximately 100,000 deaths annually. Proper hand hygiene is the number one way to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), yet the typical rate of hand hygiene compliance is estimated to be only around 40 percent. 

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Topics: electronic monitoring

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

Reduce the Risk. Go All Hands In for Electronic Monitoring

Posted by DebMed on Mar 12, 2015 9:30:00 AM

This is the last of a five-part series that covered best practices for driving hand hygiene compliance. This blog zeroes in on the role of accurate monitoring and feedback to achieve optimal compliance.

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Topics: hand hygiene, WHO, electronic monitoring, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, HAI, monitoring and feedback, hawthorne effect

Infection Prevention Beyond IIPW

Posted by Heather McLarney on Oct 24, 2014 9:34:00 AM

Former President Bill Clinton once said “…the risk of doing the same old thing is far higher than the cost of change.”

Nothing is truer than when it comes to infection prevention. And as advocates for proper hand hygiene, we know all too well that change is needed. While International Infection Prevention Week and other similar awareness events do a fine job at sharpening the focus on the critical need for change, we know that the work needed to be done to create the necessary change will continue on long after IIPW 2014 comes to a close tomorrow.

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Topics: IIPW, hand hygiene, infection prevention, technology, electronic monitoring, International Infection Prevention Week, patient safety, industry survey

Physicians on the Front Lines: Where technology can help to make the clean hand the winning hand

Posted by Geeta Nayyar on Oct 22, 2014 4:37:00 PM

As a physician, technology geek and mother, I find it perplexing that one area of healthcare that has not yet been penetrated by electronic devices is hand hygiene. Especially today, when it seems every few months a new virus is being combatted such as the enterovirus, currently spreading in schools. Not to mention the recent Ebola virus threat.

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Topics: IIPW, hand hygiene, 5 Moments, infection prevention, technology, WHO, electronic monitoring, International Infection Prevention Week, clean hands, healthcare-associated infections, electronic devices, compliance, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, World Health Organization

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