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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

4 Ways To Give Flu The Cold Shoulder This Winter

Posted by DebMed on Nov 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Winter is just around the corner – and with it comes flu season, meaning potential bad news for healthcare facilities. Minor illnesses are already a major staffing issue for hospitals – they cause an annual average loss of 4.3 working days per person[1] – and they are especially problematic at a time of year when admissions see a major increase. However, this year could prove to be even worse…

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Topics: flu season, Influenza, infection prevention, healthcare, flu vaccine

Are You Using the Right Hand Hygiene Products? 7 Key Points to Consider

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Jul 21, 2017 11:19:54 AM

Infection Control Today recently published a Hand Hygiene Product Evaluation and Purchasing Guide which includes wisdom from hand hygiene product manufacturers and some key points to consider while selecting or changing products. We have summarized the 7 most common suggestions, in order of popularity, to provide you with a quick reference guide for your next product purchase.

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Topics: hand hygiene, product accessibility, product availability, product selection, Skin Health, healthcare, healthcare costs

Focus on Skin Health: Taking Care of Your Silent Majority

Posted by Jason Anthony Tetro: "The Germ Guy" on Mar 24, 2016 2:20:17 PM

There’s a concern in health – and indeed many other aspects of human systems – in which we tend to focus on the weakest aspects prone to failure yet ignore or take for granted those aspects we regard as perpetually safe. Unfortunately, when this silent majority turns on us or becomes compromised, the consequences can be dire. Even worse, figuring out how to mitigate and remediate the situation can be complicated and remediation may require drastic actions.

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Topics: healthcare, HAIs, dermatitis, Skin

How to "Recharge" Healthcare with Hand Hygiene Compliance

Posted by DebMed on Nov 19, 2015 9:30:00 AM

This year marks the 27th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care conference sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).  Taking place December 6-9, 2015 in Orlando, the event invites us to reflect on factors that improve healthcare delivery and the health status of patients, families and populations in general.

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Topics: patient safety, healthcare, hand hygiene compliance, IHI

Patient Safety Strategy: Ask. Listen. Talk.

Posted by DebMed on Oct 26, 2015 9:30:00 AM

There are many great examples of patient safety strategies across the country and we’re so happy to celebrate them during Canadian Patient Safety Week 2015.  In order to continue those strategies we want to help equip patients with the right tools to take with them to healthcare facilities.  Three simple words can summarize what you need: Ask. Listen. Talk.

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Topics: patient safety, healthcare, Canadian Patient Safety Week, patient education

The Evolution of Hand Hygiene in Healthcare

Posted by DebMed on Jul 23, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Today’s patients and healthcare workers often take hand hygiene for granted. As patients, we assume a clinician will clean his or her hands before examining us. As healthcare workers, we know we must clean our hands at critical points during any patient encounter. But it might be surprising to know that even the ancient Babylonians were aware of the connection between hand hygiene and patient health.

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Topics: hand hygiene, healthcare, history

Moving Toward a Prevention Based Society

Posted by DebMed on Jul 2, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Vivek Murthy, MD, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, was sworn in this year with a personal goal of getting every individual, institution and sector involved in improving the health and strength of America through a focus on prevention. He believes that it is the duty of all industries, not just healthcare, to make improving the health of Americans a top priority by creating a prevention-based society:

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Topics: healthcare, hospital penalties, prevention based society

The Importance of Alcohol HandRubs in Healthcare

Posted by Jason Anthony Tetro: "The Germ Guy" on May 28, 2015 9:30:00 AM

We’ve all been in that uncomfortable position of soiled hands and no water or soap to wash. In most situations, we see this as an inconvenience but not a threat to health. But that changes when the location is the healthcare facility. The situation becomes more important when soiling is not obvious. Even the appearance of clean hands does not guarantee a lack of potentially harmful pathogens.

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Topics: hand hygiene, healthcare-associated infections, healthcare, hand hygiene compliance

Implementing a Culture Change in the Healthcare Setting [Infographic]

Posted by DebMed on May 14, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Attempting to change the culture in a hospital or other healthcare setting can be a daunting process. Even if the idea being implemented is widely accepted and the need for the change is agreed upon, resistance to the process of change can always be expected.

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Topics: healthcare, culture, culture change, measurement

Don’t Be Fooled. Know How to Combat Common Excuses for Lapses in Hand Hygiene.

Posted by DebMed on Apr 2, 2015 8:30:00 AM

The importance of practicing proper hand hygiene is nothing to joke about. Healthcare workers around the globe know they should clean their hands before, during and after patient encounters. Yet an astonishing number still don't follow established guidelines for hand hygiene. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, healthcare worker hand hygiene compliance remains below 40 percent.

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Topics: hand hygiene, electronic monitoring, healthcare, hand hygiene compliance, dermatitis

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