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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Fall into the Infection Prevention Momentum

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Nov 16, 2017 2:39:20 PM

Have you ever listened to a song and felt the lyrics were stolen from your inner monologue? Did that song make you feel energized and motivated to make a change? Perhaps it’s not just the song that ignites us, but the idea that someone else shares the same passion! 

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Topics: International Infection Prevention Week, National Infection Control Week, World Antibiotic Awareness Week, Global Handwashing Day, infection prevention, hand hygiene

Hand Hygiene Tips to Celebrate International Infection Prevention Week

Posted by DebMed on Oct 19, 2017 9:53:05 AM

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) has arrived. The annual effort raises awareness of the critical role infection prevention plays in improving patient safety, and this year’s theme is “Antibiotic Resistance,” one of the biggest global health threats facing the world today.

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Topics: International Infection Prevention Week, National Infection Control Week, hand hygiene, hospital aquired infections, tips for improving hand hygiene

Top 5 Infection Prevention Articles Of All Time

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Oct 13, 2017 9:13:24 AM

The third week of October is dedicated to Infection Prevention and Control Professionals from across the healthcare spectrum, recognizing the profession and providing them with an engaged audience and an open forum for communication and education. The heightened awareness generated by social media, infection prevention partners, and the media drive us to look at our own hand hygiene practices and frequency of events, and question whether or not we are doing enough to protect ourselves and others from the spread of germs. The simple answer is no! In fact, according to the CDC hand hygiene compliance by healthcare providers is on average 50% or less.

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Topics: IIPW, nicw, International Infection Prevention Week, National Infection Control Week, hospital aquired infections, infection prevention, hand hygiene

Infection Prevention Beyond IIPW

Posted by Heather McLarney on Oct 24, 2014 9:34:00 AM

Former President Bill Clinton once said “…the risk of doing the same old thing is far higher than the cost of change.”

Nothing is truer than when it comes to infection prevention. And as advocates for proper hand hygiene, we know all too well that change is needed. While International Infection Prevention Week and other similar awareness events do a fine job at sharpening the focus on the critical need for change, we know that the work needed to be done to create the necessary change will continue on long after IIPW 2014 comes to a close tomorrow.

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Topics: IIPW, hand hygiene, infection prevention, technology, electronic monitoring, International Infection Prevention Week, patient safety, industry survey

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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