DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

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

The Unexpected Side Effect of Effective Hand Hygiene

Posted by DebMed on Mar 19, 2015 9:00:00 AM

"No good deed goes unpunished."

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Topics: hand hygiene, healthcare, dermatitis

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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