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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

New HHS Guidelines Carry Implications for Hand Hygiene Compliance

Posted by DebMed on Dec 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM

New targets developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prevent costly and sometimes deadly healthcare-associationed infections (HAIs) suggest the need for increased vigilance of hand hygiene compliance.

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Topics: HAIs, hand hygiene compliance, MRSA

The painful truth about MRSA

Posted by Laura Schmidt on Aug 18, 2016 9:30:00 AM

You may have heard the cryptic joke: “hospitals aren’t for the sick.” At first glance, this seems to be some sort of ironic hyperbole; at second, it is the brutal, bacterial truth.

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Topics: MRSA

The ROI of Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring in Healthcare

Posted by DebMed on Jul 14, 2016 9:30:00 AM

This is the second in a three-part series of blogs discussing MRSA in a healthcare setting and how powerful a simple process of hand hygiene can be for both patient outcomes and avoiding costs associated with care of MRSA infected patients.

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Topics: hand hygiene compliance, MRSA, ROI

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

10 Things CFOs need to know about MRSA

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Mar 10, 2016 9:30:00 AM

As a member of the healthcare community, you are aware of the ramifications of MRSA to not only the health of patients, but the financial impact on your facility. Obviously, it is imperative for hospital staff to do all they can to prevent a MRSA infection, but what may not be realized is how equally important it is for members of the hospital administration to support efforts of front line staff to keep these infections at bay. Evidence has shown that not only do MRSA infections affect staff, patient safety and hospital reputation, but they have a substantial financial impact on the bottom line, and potential CMS penalties in US healthcare facilities.  

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Topics: MRSA, CFO

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