DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Paper Towels or Hot Air Dryers - Which is Better & Why?

Posted by Patrick Boshell on Mar 23, 2017 10:56:10 AM

We all know 80% of common infectious diseases are spread by our hands and effective hand washing remains our best defense - but what about hand drying? Are all methods created equal?    

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, hand cleaning, hand drying

Why should adolescents be re-educated about hand hygiene?

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Mar 2, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The Guardian recently published an article on the importance of educating youth, but about what specifically? Mathematics, good manners,  perhaps chemistry? Let’s talk about hand hygiene. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) reports that good hand hygiene techniques should be promoted more to children. In effect, we can reduce the spread of infection at a young age, even reduce the utilization of antibiotics.

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Topics: hand hygiene, hand hygiene education

Physicians’ Stethoscopes More Contaminated Than Palms of Their Hand

Posted by DebMed on Feb 2, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Although healthcare workers’ hands are the main source of bacterial transmission in hospitals, physicians’ stethoscopes appear to play a role. To explore this question, investigators at the University of Geneva Hospitals assessed the level of bacterial contamination on physicians’ hands and stethoscopes following a single physical examination.   The study appears in the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Topics: hand hygiene

Nurses Clothing Covered in Bacteria

Posted by Lisa A. Mack, MS, MPH on Jan 19, 2017 9:30:00 AM

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick.” Miuccia Prada.

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention

Research Drives Hand Hygiene Innovation

Posted by DebMed on Jan 12, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Research is vital to change and transformation. Through research healthcare professionals can confirm assumptions, redefine perceptions, forge strategies and manage risk and performance.  Research also dictates the direction of infection prevention and control.  A steady flow of hand hygiene research, for example, improves hand hygiene compliance and reduces healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).  Healthcare professionals can take pride in the research-focused hand hygiene headlines that surfaced in 2016: 

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Topics: hand hygiene, Research

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

Protect yourself from colds and flu

Posted by Geeta Nayyar on Nov 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The common cold is aptly named – it’s common for many adults and children to catch a cold, which many may argue is quite preventable with the proper precautions, mainly the washing of hands.

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Topics: hand hygiene, Flu, Common Cold

New WHO SSI guidelines confirm vital role of hand hygiene

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

The World Health Organization (WHO) just reminded the healthcare community of a troubling reality: Millions of people die every year from preventable surgical site infections (SSIs).

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Topics: hand hygiene, SSI, Surgical Site Infections

Do you know what’s hiding on your smartphone?

Posted by DebMed on Nov 10, 2016 9:30:00 AM

A recent study in the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection revealed that mobile phones present a substantial infection risk, with evidence of viruses on 38.5 percent of devices. Researchers swabbed phones at a French hospital and discovered rotavirus on 39 of 109 phones as well as viruses that cause stomach ailments and lung infections. A fifth of staff didn’t clean their hands after handling their phones.

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Topics: hand hygiene, Smart Phones

October is an important month for hand hygiene!

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Oct 24, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Why is hand hygiene important?

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Topics: IIPW, hand hygiene, handwashing, Global Handwashing Day

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