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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Hospital Floors, Pathogens and the Five-Second Rule

Posted by Emily Weaner on Aug 16, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Preventable healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) sicken an estimated 721,800 Americans annually and cost as many as 75,000 patients their lives. With roughly one-in-25 hospital patients contracting an HAI every day, these infections are one of the most serious, yet preventable threats to patient safety in healthcare facilities. It’s no wonder then, that hospital cleaning procedures and practices are a top concern among healthcare institutions.

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Topics: HAIs, Surface Cleaning

5 Things You Need To Know To Support Your Multimodal Strategy

Posted by DebMed on Jul 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

With the kids out of school and vacation season in full swing, you may have missed our 5-Part Series on best practices for driving hand hygiene compliance.  

The follow blog posts discuss the impact that product and behavior drivers have on compliance, including: key considerations of hand sanitizer (wet time, coverage and efficacy); the importance of product availability, location and ease of use; the critical role of educating staff on why, when and how to clean hands; and the role that monitoring and feedback plays in improving staff performance. 

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Topics: 5 Moments, Canadian 4 Moments, hand hygiene, HAIs, healthcare-associated infections, infection prevention, multimodal strategy, product availability, electronic monitoring, hand hygiene compliance monitoring

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: hand hygiene compliance, hand hygiene education, HAIs

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

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, hand hygiene compliance, HAIs

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: HAIs, patient safety, 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, MRSA, hand hygiene compliance

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

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