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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

What's the link between Nurses’ Attitudes and Hand Hygiene Compliance?

Posted by Tanya van Monsjou on Oct 4, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Nurses play an important role in reducing instances of infection among their patients, whether they work in a hospital, healthcare facility or in the home. But are they the key to better compliance with infection control practices?

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Topics: patient safety, hand hygiene compliance, Nursing

Three reasons why healthcare facilities are moving towards electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring

Posted by Allison Pearsall on Oct 6, 2017 5:12:04 PM

In a recent survey of over 300 healthcare executives and managers, only 15% said they are extremely satisfied with their current method of measuring hand hygiene compliance in their healthcare facility.

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Topics: electronic monitoring, hand hygiene compliance, direct observation, patient safety, healthcare costs

Leapfrog Group results demand hand hygiene compliance

Posted by DebMed on Dec 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Patient safety breakdowns in the form of injuries, accidents and infections kill more than 200,000 people annually, according to the Leapfrog Group. The  Fall 2016 Safety Grades reveal that not all hospitals are created equal in their ability to protect patient safety and prevent and control healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

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Topics: HAIs, patient safety, hand hygiene compliance

Fostering a Culture of Hand Hygiene Compliance, Monitoring, Feedback Key to Preventing HAIs

Posted by DebMed on Nov 3, 2016 9:30:00 AM

In January of this year, The Joint Commission – an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the U.S. – included the need to implement evidence-based practices to reduce the risk of health care-associated infections (HAIs) as one of its Hospital National Patient Safety Goals.

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Topics: Joint Commission, patient safety

How to Make It Easier for Patients to Speak Up About Hand Hygiene

Posted by DebMed on Apr 28, 2016 9:30:00 AM

According to an article humans unconsciously touch their noses and mouths more than 3.6 times per hour. When we do this, not only do we spread germs into our bodies from whatever we were touching; we spread germs from our bodies onto whatever we touch next. In the course of a day, we expose ourselves to potential infection – as well as transmit opportunities to infect others – about 86.4 times.

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Topics: hand hygiene, patient safety, patients

4 Ways a Better Patient Experience Could Save Hospitals Money

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Mar 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

When most people think of a hospital they think of a place to go when they are sick, need treatment, to have surgery, or to visit a loved one. While all of these are definitely true, what most people don’t realize is a hospital is also a business that is always striving to find the perfect balance between meeting budgets, increasing efficiency, and providing superior patient care.

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Topics: patient safety, HAIs, cost savings

A Perfect World: When Patient Care and Patient Safety go hand in hand

Posted by DebMed on Mar 17, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Providing outstanding patient care and assuring optimal patient safety should be one in the same. Yet sadly, this is not always the case. All too often we find hospitals that are top of mind for quality of healthcare are also some of the same facilities that find themselves reporting some of the highest rates of HAIs. This obvious disconnect between care and safety needs to be addressed in order to reduce the number of HAIs and prevent future patients from infection.

This is why we are rallying behind the National Patient Safety Foundation’s  (NPSF) Patient Safety Awareness Week. The initiative, which runs March 13th – 19th, underscores the crucial need for improved patient safety and incorporates patient safety-related activities at health care organizations in communities across the country.

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Topics: patient safety, HAIs, Patient Safety Awareness Week

The new patient safety crusaders have arrived! Welcome EHCO!

Posted by DebMed on Feb 4, 2016 9:30:00 AM

What do you think of when you head to a hospital for an outpatient procedure, to have a baby, or are admitted to an emergency department? Likely, hand hygiene of your nurses, technicians and physicians is not the first thing on your mind. You want to get better, or experience your joyous moment, and you want to trust people who are there to help you.

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Topics: patient safety, hand hygiene compliance, direct observation, EHCO

What Happens When Hospital C-Suite Prioritizes Hand Hygiene

Posted by DebMed on Nov 25, 2015 9:30:00 AM

It may seem that hand hygiene is a comparatively small factor within a complex hospital environment, where various priorities compete for C-Suite’s attention and budget in the increasingly strict regulatory landscape. However, it often happens that the smallest detail can and does have widespread consequences.

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Topics: hand hygiene, patient safety, hand hygiene compliance, healthcare costs, C-Suite

How to "Recharge" Healthcare with Hand Hygiene Compliance

Posted by DebMed on Nov 19, 2015 9:30:00 AM

This year marks the 27th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care conference sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).  Taking place December 6-9, 2015 in Orlando, the event invites us to reflect on factors that improve healthcare delivery and the health status of patients, families and populations in general.

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Topics: patient safety, healthcare, hand hygiene compliance, IHI

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