DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Meadows Regional Medical Center Teams Up with DebMed on “Clean Hands Matter”

Posted by DebMed on Feb 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

DebMed is partnering with Georgia’s Meadows Regional Medical Center on the “Clean Hands Matter” campaign to increase hand hygiene compliance, decrease healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), develop the highest standards of behavior, and provide the highest level of patient care.

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Topics: HAIs, hand hygiene compliance, hand hygiene education

Bacteria is lurking everywhere, how do we fight it?

Posted by DebMed on Feb 9, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Hand hygiene compliance is vital to healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention and control. But it is just one strategy within a multitude of strategies essential to the fight against HAIs. Two studies confirm the need for extreme vigilance over bacteria on hard surfaces, linens and scrubs.

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Topics: infection prevention, HAIs

Integration Is the Pathway to Improvement

Posted by DebMed on Jan 5, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Let’s Blend Hand Hygiene Compliance with the Quest for Skin Health     
 
With the Ebola and Zika outbreaks making headlines in 2016, the healthcare industry has retained its focus on infection prevention and control efforts. In the US, healthcare organizations (HCOs) continue implementing the CDC’s evidence-based infection control guidelines, APIC’s infection prevention recommendations, and SHEA’s epidemiology and infection prevention guidance.

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Topics: healthcare-associated infections, HAIs, hand hygiene compliance, Skin Health, improving clinical outcomes

Top 10 Healthcare Hand Hygiene Articles of 2016

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Dec 22, 2016 9:30:00 AM

As the holidays come up on us and 2016 draws to a close it is time to reflect and take a look at the top hand hygiene articles in healthcare over the past 12 months.

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Topics: hand hygiene, HAIs, hand hygiene compliance

Leapfrog Group results demand hand hygiene compliance

Posted by DebMed on Dec 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Patient safety breakdowns in the form of injuries, accidents and infections kill more than 200,000 people annually, according to the Leapfrog Group. The  Fall 2016 Safety Grades reveal that not all hospitals are created equal in their ability to protect patient safety and prevent and control healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

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Topics: patient safety, HAIs, hand hygiene compliance

New HHS Guidelines Carry Implications for Hand Hygiene Compliance

Posted by DebMed on Dec 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM

New targets developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prevent costly and sometimes deadly healthcare-associationed infections (HAIs) suggest the need for increased vigilance of hand hygiene compliance.

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Topics: HAIs, hand hygiene compliance, MRSA

4 Ways a Better Patient Experience Could Save Hospitals Money

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Mar 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

When most people think of a hospital they think of a place to go when they are sick, need treatment, to have surgery, or to visit a loved one. While all of these are definitely true, what most people don’t realize is a hospital is also a business that is always striving to find the perfect balance between meeting budgets, increasing efficiency, and providing superior patient care.

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Topics: patient safety, HAIs, cost savings

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

A Perfect World: When Patient Care and Patient Safety go hand in hand

Posted by DebMed on Mar 17, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Providing outstanding patient care and assuring optimal patient safety should be one in the same. Yet sadly, this is not always the case. All too often we find hospitals that are top of mind for quality of healthcare are also some of the same facilities that find themselves reporting some of the highest rates of HAIs. This obvious disconnect between care and safety needs to be addressed in order to reduce the number of HAIs and prevent future patients from infection.

This is why we are rallying behind the National Patient Safety Foundation’s  (NPSF) Patient Safety Awareness Week. The initiative, which runs March 13th – 19th, underscores the crucial need for improved patient safety and incorporates patient safety-related activities at health care organizations in communities across the country.

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Topics: patient safety, HAIs, Patient Safety Awareness Week

HIMSS16 Celebrates HIT’s Role in Infection Prevention and Control

Posted by DebMed on Feb 25, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition (HIMSS16) is scheduled to take place February 29-March 4 in Las Vegas. The event, which attracts more than 20,000 healthcare leaders, is an opportunity for DebMed to celebrate the importance of health information technology (HIT) in the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (HAIs). 

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Topics: infection prevention, HAIs, HIT, HIMSS

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