DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

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

The Burden of Hidden (and Not-So-Hidden) HAIs Costs

Posted by DebMed on Jul 16, 2015 9:30:00 AM

According to a recent article in Becker’s Hospital Review, hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) rank 2nd among most common medical errors and 2nd with respect to the annual cost of medical errors. With such a high ranking, it is no surprise that there are nearly 1.7 million HAIs annually. We know that the mortality rate associated with these infections is staggering and unnecessary. Compounding the burden of the issue are the financial costs that are linked with them.

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Topics: hand hygiene, healthcare-associated infections, HAIs, healthcare costs, patients

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

It’s Time for a Renewed Focus on Hand Hygiene Compliance

Posted by Heather McLarney on Feb 12, 2015 9:30:00 AM

This is the first of a five-part series that covers best practices for driving effective hand hygiene compliance. The series will discuss the impact product and behavior drivers have on compliance, including: key considerations of hand sanitizer (wet time, coverage and efficacy); the importance of product availability, location and ease of use; the critical role of educating staff on why, when and how to clean hands; and the role that monitoring and feedback plays in improving staff compliance.

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Topics: hand hygiene, 5 Moments, WHO, healthcare-associated infections, patient safety, World Health Organization, infection control, HAIs, hand hygiene compliance

Hospitals Facing Steep Penalties for Preventable Infections

Posted by DebMed on Feb 6, 2015 1:33:06 PM

Most hospital officials are well aware of the patient safety-related implications of poor hand hygiene -- most importantly, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which are almost always preventable. But now, new regulations will bring the financial consequences of HAIs to the forefront.

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

Everyone Plays a Role in Reducing HAIs

Posted by DebMed on Jan 22, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Becker's Hospital Review has released a list of the ten most popular searches by readers of its online hospital information site. For 2014, six of the top ten searches were related to hand hygiene. Since the site features content designed specifically for healthcare executives, it can only be good news for patients if senior hospital leadership is actively searching for information about hand hygiene and taking the issue seriously.

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, healthcare-associated infections, patient safety, HAI

If Money Talks, Let It Be Heard

Posted by Heather McLarney on Dec 11, 2014 11:53:00 AM

If Money Talks, Then Let It Be Heard (to Increase Hand Hygiene Compliance)

There is overwhelming data and evidence that smoking kills. Yet people smoke. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, there were 21,667 passenger vehicle occupants who lost their lives in traffic crashes, and an estimated 2.09 million were injured. According to the CDC website, adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet people still do not wear their seatbelts.

It is easy to see that having data and knowing the facts does not always equate to the safest decision being made.

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, WHO, healthcare-associated infections, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, infection control, return on investment, hand hygiene compliance monitoring

Physicians on the Front Lines: Where technology can help to make the clean hand the winning hand

Posted by Geeta Nayyar on Oct 22, 2014 4:37:00 PM

As a physician, technology geek and mother, I find it perplexing that one area of healthcare that has not yet been penetrated by electronic devices is hand hygiene. Especially today, when it seems every few months a new virus is being combatted such as the enterovirus, currently spreading in schools. Not to mention the recent Ebola virus threat.

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Topics: IIPW, hand hygiene, 5 Moments, infection prevention, technology, WHO, electronic monitoring, International Infection Prevention Week, clean hands, healthcare-associated infections, electronic devices, compliance, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, World Health Organization

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