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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Show Your Hands Devotion – Use Lotion

Posted by DebMed on Mar 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When treating sick patients, you wear a gown, gloves and a mask. You follow the World Health Organization’s My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene and you’re careful to sanitize after touching common “high touch” spots such as elevator buttons, railings and door handles. You’ll even handwash if you think you hear someone coughing nearby. But all those precautions are doing a number on your hands.

 

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Topics: hand hygiene compliance, dermatitis, hand washing, tips for improving hand hygiene, Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, Patient Safety Movement, dry skin

Breaking the Chain of Infection

Posted by DebMed on Mar 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM

There are many different germs that threaten the health and well-being of adults and children inside and outside of the healthcare setting. Germs spread in many way ways from person to person, and from objects to people.  A systematic approach to infection prevention and control where both patients and health care providers work together plays a vital role in protecting everyone who utilizes the health care system, in all its many forms.

 

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Topics: flu season, Influenza, hand hygiene compliance, hand washing, tips for improving hand hygiene, Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, Patient Safety Movement

How Safe Are Our Hands?

Posted by DebMed on Feb 19, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When people think of hospitals, the words ‘clean’ or ‘sterile’ often come to mind, but according to research[i][ii][iii], words like ‘pathogens’ and ‘superbugs’ would be more appropriate.

 

Over the years, various studies have sought to determine the bacterial contamination of hospital objects frequently touched by patients, visitors and healthcare workers, as well as the potential for cross contamination from these “high-touch” surfaces.

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Topics: flu season, Influenza, hand hygiene compliance, hand washing, tips for improving hand hygiene, Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, Patient Safety Movement

Ready to Tackle Cold and Flu Season?

Posted by DebMed on Feb 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM

The world would like to think that hospital staff never contracts an illness, and rather than spreading germs, display wellness 24/7. However, that is simply “snot” the case. Healthcare professionals get seasonal cold and flu viruses just like everyone else. The difference is, healthcare professionals come into contact with and care for critically ill patients on a daily basis – some of which contracting a simple cold or flu could mean death – proving even further that the health of hospital workers is crucial to ensuring the health and wellness of patients.  

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Topics: flu season, Influenza, hand hygiene compliance, hand washing, tips for improving hand hygiene, Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, Patient Safety Movement

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

What's the link between Nurses’ Attitudes and Hand Hygiene Compliance?

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Oct 4, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Nurses play an important role in reducing instances of infection among their patients, whether they work in a hospital, healthcare facility or in the home. But are they the key to better compliance with infection control practices?

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Topics: patient safety, hand hygiene compliance, Nursing

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

Data + Insight = Improved Patient Care

Posted by DebMed on Jun 21, 2018 9:58:27 AM

For clinicians, nurses, infection preventionists and environmental services  staff to be successful, they need data. Whether it is statistics on surgical techniques, records on patient vitals, analytics on current infection outbreaks or how much cleaning chemicals to use on a particular surface, more data equals more insight. In the healthcare industry, these insights can often literally mean life or death.

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Topics: hand hygiene compliance, measurement, improving clinical outcomes

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