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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

The Importance of Skin Health in Healthcare Facilities

Posted by DebMed on Mar 29, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Winter temperatures can be harsh on skin – especially hands, as they are often more exposed to harsh conditions than other parts of the body. Couple that with the number of times a healthcare worker is required to wash their hands throughout the day, and you’ve got an increased chance of dermatitis.

As one of the most prevalent occupation disorders, occupational dermatitis accounts for nearly 15 percent of workplace injuries.

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Topics: hand hygiene education, dermatitis, Skin Health, product selection, occupational skin disease, Long Term Care, healthcare worker hand lotions

Visiting a Hospitalized Patient This Flu Season? Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Go

Posted by DebMed on Feb 15, 2018 2:27:04 PM

According to recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the first time in its history of reporting, the US is experiencing widespread flu activity in every part of the continental U.S.

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Topics: 5 Moments, flu season, Influenza, hand hygiene education, Canadian 4 Moments

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

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

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

Multi-Modal Educational Strategy for Healthcare Workers’ Handwashing

Posted by DebMed on Apr 21, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Most health care workers’ (HCWs’) hand hygiene compliance rates in the U.S. range between 25 percent and 51 percent. And, most adhere to a standard of cleaning their hands only before and after entering a patient room, which has been found to miss more than 50 percent of all hand hygiene opportunities, potentially putting patients at risk of infection.

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Topics: hand hygiene education, handwashing

Hand Hygiene Education: Why, When and How

Posted by Heather McLarney on Mar 6, 2015 9:13:00 AM

This is the fourth in a five-part series of blogs documenting best practices for driving effective hand hygiene compliance. This blog discusses the importance of hand hygiene education. Healthcare professionals who practice hand hygiene compliance are leaders in the fight against dangerous and sometimes deadly healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). This blog covers the why, when and how of hand hygiene education, training and coaching. It addresses several of the variables that compromise full hand hygiene compliance.

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Topics: hand hygiene, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, healthcare, HAIs, hand hygiene compliance, hand hygiene education

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