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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

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

MP Andrea Jenkyns speaks out in recent Parliamentary debate – ‘we need to embrace technology in order to save lives’

Posted by Guest Author Andrea Jenkyns, MP on Sep 6, 2018 9:30:00 AM

From the DebMed UK Blog...

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Topics: hand hygiene, technology, HAI

For Preventing Infections, Sanitizer is Still your Best Friend!

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Aug 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Lately, media coverage of articles claiming bacteria is becoming resistant to hand sanitizer has gotten quite a bit of attention in the infection prevention space. However, before we sound the alarms, it is important to look beyond just the titles of these articles and see the facts.

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Topics: hand hygiene, 5 Moments, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, hand sanitizer

Tips to make it through summer safely!

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Jul 19, 2018 9:30:00 AM

The summer is most people’s favorite time of year, the days are longer, the weather is warmer which means we spend more time outdoors and enjoying our surroundings. But with all the excitement that summer brings, it can also bring about some health risks when the temperature gets too high and the bugs emerge. Therefore it is important to be mindful of how to stay safe while spending time in the heat and during certain activities that can pose a risk to our health.

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Topics: hand hygiene, safety culture

A successful infection prevention strategy includes more than just hand hygiene

Posted by Emily Weaner on May 24, 2018 9:30:00 AM

When it comes to healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention strategy in healthcare facilities – where does it start?

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Topics: hand hygiene, multimodal strategy, environmental services, Patient Safety Movement

Hand Hygiene in the Spotlight as Flu Now Widespread in 46 States

Posted by DebMed on Jan 9, 2018 12:36:00 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Health Alert Network advisory (HAN) as influenza activity increased sharply the latter part of December, according to CDC Weekly FluView. The predominant subtype reported since the season began in October is H3N2, and while the mortality rate currently remains below epidemic levels, 13 pediatric deaths have been attributed to influenza this season.

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Topics: hand hygiene, Flu

Fall into the Infection Prevention Momentum

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Nov 16, 2017 2:39:20 PM

Have you ever listened to a song and felt the lyrics were stolen from your inner monologue? Did that song make you feel energized and motivated to make a change? Perhaps it’s not just the song that ignites us, but the idea that someone else shares the same passion! 

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, International Infection Prevention Week, Global Handwashing Day, National Infection Control Week, World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Hand Hygiene Compliance and the Engaged Patient

Posted by DebMed on Nov 2, 2017 9:25:49 PM

Patient empowerment is a hot-button topic, particularly as it pertains to patients understanding their health needs and ensuring those needs are met by healthcare workers. But where do hospitals and healthcare workers draw the line between empowering patients and taking ownership for their training - or lack thereof?

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, electronic monitoring, healthcare-associated infections, hand hygiene compliance, hand hygiene education, Canadian Patient Safety Week, patient education, patient engagement

Hand Hygiene Tips to Celebrate International Infection Prevention Week

Posted by DebMed on Oct 19, 2017 9:53:05 AM

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) has arrived. The annual effort raises awareness of the critical role infection prevention plays in improving patient safety, and this year’s theme is “Antibiotic Resistance,” one of the biggest global health threats facing the world today.

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Topics: hand hygiene, International Infection Prevention Week, hospital aquired infections, tips for improving hand hygiene, National Infection Control Week

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