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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

From Health and Safety to Hand Hygiene: Communication is Key

Posted by DebMed on Apr 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Communication between everyone in the unit is critical to patient safety, this includes Doctors Nurses, EVS, Dietary, Administration, Ancillary Staff, as well as, the Patient him/herself.  Dialog about safety and best practices are essential to a patient safety culture and everyone should feel empowered to speak up when they see an opportunity to eliminate risks to the patient. 

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Topics: healthcare-associated infections, daily huddles

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

Think Fungus

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Aug 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The week of August 14-18, 2017 has been declared Fungal Disease Awareness Week by the CDC. The theme of this year's awareness week is “Think Fungus,” and it aims to encourage the public and clinicians to consider the possibility of a fungal infection if a patient’s symptoms are not improving with treatment. Although the exact prevalence of fungal infections is difficult to quantify, the CDC has identified fungal pathogens to be an increasing problem worldwide.

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Topics: hand hygiene, healthcare-associated infections, HAI, c.auris, candida, fungus, fungal awareness week, yeast

5 Things You Need To Know To Support Your Multimodal Strategy

Posted by DebMed on Jul 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

With the kids out of school and vacation season in full swing, you may have missed our 5-Part Series on best practices for driving hand hygiene compliance.  

The follow blog posts discuss the impact that 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 performance. 

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Topics: hand hygiene, 5 Moments, infection prevention, electronic monitoring, healthcare-associated infections, hand hygiene compliance monitoring, HAIs, Canadian 4 Moments, multimodal strategy, product availability

Reduce the Risk. Go All Hands In for Electronic Monitoring

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

This is the last of a five-part series that covered best practices for driving hand hygiene compliance. This blog zeroes in on the role of accurate automated monitoring and feedback to achieve optimal compliance.

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Topics: infection prevention, electronic monitoring, healthcare-associated infections, electronic devices, infection control, hand hygiene compliance, Smartlink, ENCOMPASS

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

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