DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

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: HAIs, hand hygiene compliance, hand hygiene education

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

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

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

There's no ‘I’ in Team: Secret to Hand Hygiene Compliance Improvement

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Jul 28, 2016 9:30:00 AM

In union there is strength; there is no “I” in team; no man is an island – all these are phrases you have most likely heard before. But have you ever stopped to think about the very meaningful message behind them and how they may relate to improvements in healthcare? They are actually more relevant than you think as teamwork is one of the main drivers you need to form lasting behavior change that leads to improvement. An example of this was seen at Emory Healthcare in Georgia, where they developed a care transformation model that encouraged their staff to improve teamwork and collaboration. “Once caregivers learned to function as a team, quality improvements immediately followed.” 

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Topics: hand hygiene compliance, Teamwork

The ROI of Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring in Healthcare

Posted by DebMed on Jul 14, 2016 9:30:00 AM

This is the second in a three-part series of blogs discussing MRSA in a healthcare setting and how powerful a simple process of hand hygiene can be for both patient outcomes and avoiding costs associated with care of MRSA infected patients.

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Topics: hand hygiene compliance, MRSA, ROI

Inaccurate Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates Challenged

Posted by Patrick Boshell on Feb 11, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The debate of whether healthcare professionals are keeping their hands clean enough made it all the way to the House of Commons in the United Kingdom recently.  The issue is that some UK hospitals are reporting hand hygiene compliance rates as high as 100% though independent studies show the real numbers can be as low as 18%.  As a result, instances of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) persist.  This is resulting in “unnecessary infection”, said Nigel Mills, Member of Parliament (MP) who led the debate.  

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Topics: HAIs, hand hygiene compliance, direct observation

The new patient safety crusaders have arrived! Welcome EHCO!

Posted by DebMed on Feb 4, 2016 9:30:00 AM

What do you think of when you head to a hospital for an outpatient procedure, to have a baby, or are admitted to an emergency department? Likely, hand hygiene of your nurses, technicians and physicians is not the first thing on your mind. You want to get better, or experience your joyous moment, and you want to trust people who are there to help you.

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Topics: patient safety, hand hygiene compliance, direct observation, EHCO

The simplest solution to avoiding healthcare penalties now

Posted by DebMed on Jan 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

In fall 2015, we touched upon the true cost of hand hygiene compliance. Our post highlighted that proper hand hygiene reduces the spread of infection but compliance remains low.  Additionally, results of the recent DebMed State of Hand Hygiene Compliance survey  indicated that while most facilities consider hand hygiene an important priority, the cost of implementing a system drove their organizations’ purchasing decisions. In fact, cost outranked the ability to deliver proven outcomes in reducing healthcare-associated infections.  In our post, we asked the following questions: what is the true cost of hand hygiene compliance? Is the installation and the cost of the system driving budget priority? What about patients and staff who suffer from hospital-acquired infections (HAIs)? And finally, there is the consideration of just how much  these patient and staff safety issues ultimately cost hospitals, and the overall healthcare system.

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Topics: healthcare penalties, hand hygiene compliance, HAC

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