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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

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, tips for improving hand hygiene, hand hygiene compliance, hand washing, Joint Commission, 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, tips for improving hand hygiene, hand hygiene compliance, hand washing

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, APIC, hand hygiene dispensers, hand hygiene compliance

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: measurement, hand hygiene compliance, improving clinical outcomes

The Significance of “Culture” in Hand Hygiene Performance

Posted by DebMed on Mar 15, 2018 9:56:37 AM

When it comes to hand hygiene performance in healthcare facilities, how do you establish compliance?

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Topics: Patient Safety Awareness Week, hand hygiene compliance, multimodal strategy, Evidence-Based Improvement

Hi-Tech Hand Wash: Electronic Hand Hygiene Systems Bring the Newest Technology to an Age-Old Problem

Posted by Allison Pearsall on Jan 4, 2018 10:02:00 AM

As advancing technology continues its inexorable expansion into virtually every area of healthcare with promise of improved efficiency and outcomes, today’s electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems are equipping hospital managers with critical data that is helping them drive significantly improved hand hygiene compliance and significant decreases in health care-associated infections.  A recent article published in Health Facilities Management described the marked shift taking place toward electronic monitoring systems  because of their ability to capture up to 100 percent of hand hygiene events and deliver the valid, reliable data needed for lasting staff performance improvement.

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Topics: hand hygiene compliance, hand hygiene compliance monitoring

New Joint Commission hand hygiene requirements… Are you ready?

Posted by Allison Pearsall on Dec 21, 2017 12:14:34 PM
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Topics: Joint Commission, hand hygiene compliance, electronic monitoring

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

Three reasons why healthcare facilities are moving towards electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring

Posted by Allison Pearsall on Oct 6, 2017 5:12:04 PM

In a recent survey of over 300 healthcare executives and managers, only 15% said they are extremely satisfied with their current method of measuring hand hygiene compliance in their healthcare facility.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, hand hygiene compliance, direct observation, patient safety, healthcare costs

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