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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Acing Hand Hygiene Compliance

Posted by DebMed on Jan 22, 2019 10:05:49 AM

Imagine this scenario: Your patient, in for a routine procedure, dies 10 days post-op because of a mistake you made. That mistake? You didn’t follow hand hygiene protocol and touched the patient after closing the privacy curtain without first washing your hands. This resulted in the transmission of the antibiotic-resistant infection MRSA.

 

This is an unfortunate reality for an estimated 200,000 patients every year in Canada; 8,000 of which die as a result of their infections. The numbers are even higher in the U.S. with an estimated 687,000 hospital-associated infections (HAIs) and 72,000 deaths per year.

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

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, hand hygiene compliance, hand washing, Joint Commission, tips for improving hand hygiene, 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, hand hygiene compliance, hand washing, tips for improving hand hygiene

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

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, hand hygiene compliance, hand hygiene dispensers, APIC

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: 5 Moments, electronic monitoring, handwashing, hand sanitizer

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: infection prevention, technology, electronic monitoring

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