DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

5 Ways to Break the Chain of Infection

Posted by DebMed on Oct 20, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Unfortunately, infections like zika, e.coli, c.diffcile and MRSA are very common globally. Viral and bacterial infections threaten the health and well-being of adults and children in every environment – from highly developed, industrial nations to struggling, third-world countries. International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which takes place October 16-22, 2016, is a global campaign designed to zero in on healthcare’s shared mission: “Break the Chain of Infection.”   

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Topics: infection control

Product Dispensers are Important in the Fight Against Infections

Posted by DebMed on May 7, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Ensuring that your hospital’s products are the best solutions for your patients and staff is key. Making sure that hand sanitizers contain emollients or moisturizers and do not cause irritation to healthcare workers’ hands is critical for encouraging hand hygiene compliance. If your staff does not like the products, they will be less likely to use them frequently.  

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection control, HAIs, biocote, hand hygiene dispensers, product dispensers

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

A Comparison of Hand Hygiene Standards

Posted by Heather McLarney on Jan 15, 2015 2:52:00 PM

All healthcare organizations are aware of the necessity for proper hand hygiene. Some adhere to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, while others follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). How do the two standards compare?Slide1

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Topics: CDC, hand hygiene, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, World Health Organization, infection control

Fist Bump or Handshake: Which is Safer?

Posted by DebMed on Jan 8, 2015 12:27:00 PM

Viewers of the game show Deal or No Deal probably remember host Howie Mandel's habit of bumping fists with contestants instead of shaking their hands. It was later revealed that Mandel preferred the fist bump because of an intense fear of germs, which was part of his obsessive-compulsive disorder. With hand hygiene compliance becoming such a critical issue in the healthcare arena, experts are considering whether Mandel was ahead of his time.

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Topics: CDC, hand hygiene, 5 Moments, infection prevention, WHO, patient safety, infection control, hand shake, fistbump

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

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