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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Let’s Break it Down: C. diff 101

Posted by DebMed on Nov 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

You may have heard of Clostridium difficile, but do you really know what it is? You know it’s bad, you know it’s prevalent in healthcare settings, but do you know what causes it, how it’s spread or what you can do to keep your facility and its occupants safe? You should.

In honor of Clostridium difficile Awareness Month, we’re breaking down this common healthcare-associated infection (HAI) to educate those in the healthcare sector and beyond.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, culture change, handwashing, C. diff, Clostridium difficile

Why Can’t We Seem to Say Goodbye to Poor Hand Hygiene

Posted by Emily Weaner on Aug 2, 2018 1:28:19 PM

We know washing our hands is good. We know it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infections within healthcare settings. So then why is hand hygiene compliance still such an issue?

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Topics: 5 Moments, electronic monitoring, handwashing, hand sanitizer

Mind boggling facts: Why do some men avoid handwashing?

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Jun 7, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Brace yourself. A study from Michigan State University reported that only 5.3 percent of men wash their hands for the CDC-recommended 15 seconds or more after using the restroom. Even worse, many neglect to wash their hands at all. In a 2005 study by the American Society for Microbiology, it was observed that only 75% of men washed their hands after using the restroom compared to 90% of women.

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Topics: handwashing

October is an important month for hand hygiene!

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Oct 24, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Why is hand hygiene important?

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Topics: IIPW, hand hygiene, handwashing, Global Handwashing Day

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

Finding Common Ground in Hand Washing Practices

Posted by DebMed on Dec 8, 2015 2:00:00 PM

For those of us at DebMed, and those who work in infection control, nursing and hospital administration, it is customary to be on the front lines of patient safety and hand hygiene. We know the best methods for cleaning hands, and the risks associated with failing to do so.

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Topics: handwashing, Rick Dana Barlow

Converting Handwashing into a Habit #GlobalHandwashingDay

Posted by DebMed on Oct 15, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Global Handwashing Day brings much needed awareness to the importance of hand hygiene every year.  One key way to improve hand hygiene is to evolve the practice from a behavior that one must consciously decide to do, to a habit that is automatically done when the need arises.

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Topics: hand hygiene, handwashing, Global Handwashing Day

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