DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Paper Towels or Hot Air Dryers - Which is Better & Why?

Posted by Patrick Boshell on Mar 23, 2017 10:56:10 AM

We all know 80% of common infectious diseases are spread by our hands and effective hand washing remains our best defense - but what about hand drying? Are all methods created equal?    

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, hand cleaning, hand drying

Touchscreens: The Mosquito of the Digital Age

Posted by DebMed on Feb 23, 2017 3:19:20 PM

The widespread and rapidly growing automation and digitization of our world has led to the installation of billions of touchscreens, both in our personal possession and in public use, such as at hospitals, airports, schools, restaurants, public transit, banks and government offices.

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Topics: infection prevention

Bacteria is lurking everywhere, how do we fight it?

Posted by DebMed on Feb 9, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Hand hygiene compliance is vital to healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention and control. But it is just one strategy within a multitude of strategies essential to the fight against HAIs. Two studies confirm the need for extreme vigilance over bacteria on hard surfaces, linens and scrubs.

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Topics: infection prevention, HAIs

CRE superbug is spreading faster than before

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Jan 26, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Superbugs have almost become a buzz word in current media, and for good reason. But what exactly are superbugs?

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Topics: infection prevention, Antibiotic resistance, Superbugs

Nurses Clothing Covered in Bacteria

Posted by Lisa A. Mack, MS, MPH on Jan 19, 2017 9:30:00 AM

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick.” Miuccia Prada.

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention

Say Hello to Clean Hands and Goodbye to MRSA

Posted by DebMed on Jul 7, 2016 10:10:00 AM

In the world of healthcare superbugs, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a celebrity. It is resistant to many antibiotics and is 2.5 times more lethal than infections treatable with methicillin. MRSA can be found anywhere in a hospital setting – from ICUs to the OR – and is most often transferred on hands. More than 126,000 hospitalized patients get MRSA infections annually, and the IHI estimates that more than 5,000 patients die each year as a result. 

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, MRSA

The Dirty Secret of What Is on Your Hands

Posted by DebMed on Jun 30, 2016 9:30:00 AM

As professionals who work in hand hygiene and infection prevention, it’s no secret that hands can be gross. In our line of work we typically talk about the very serious germs and disease that can be spread in the hospital setting from improperly cleaned hands. 

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention

HIMSS16 Celebrates HIT’s Role in Infection Prevention and Control

Posted by DebMed on Feb 25, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition (HIMSS16) is scheduled to take place February 29-March 4 in Las Vegas. The event, which attracts more than 20,000 healthcare leaders, is an opportunity for DebMed to celebrate the importance of health information technology (HIT) in the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (HAIs). 

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Topics: infection prevention, HAIs, HIT, HIMSS

How does a FitBit relate to hand hygiene?

Posted by DebMed on Oct 12, 2015 9:30:00 AM

As we all know, International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is upon us.  It is a time to  bring awareness to infection rates and highlight the easiest and most effective way to reduce them through hand hygiene.  It’s common knowledge that germs are most frequently spread patient to patient on the hands of health care workers so improving hand hygiene compliance in healthcare settings is the best way to prevent the spread of infections.

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Topics: IIPW, infection prevention, compliance, hand hygiene compliance

What’s the True Cost of Hand Hygiene Compliance?

Posted by DebMed on Oct 8, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Black and white. Yes or no. As a society, we tend to like things with very clear answers. Should I buckle my seatbelt? Yes. Should I cheat on an exam? No.

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, industry survey, hand hygiene compliance

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