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DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

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

Real World Consequences of Hospital-Acquired Infections

Posted by DebMed on Aug 13, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are at the forefront of healthcare conversation and have a direct impact on hospitals’ bottom line. And no wonder – HAIs are one of the leading causes of deaths in the U.S., the fourth leading cause of death in Canada, and cost the industry billions of dollars a year.

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Topics: hand hygiene, hospital aquired infections, HAIs, patients

The Burden of Hidden (and Not-So-Hidden) HAIs Costs

Posted by DebMed on Jul 16, 2015 9:30:00 AM

According to a recent article in Becker’s Hospital Review, hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) rank 2nd among most common medical errors and 2nd with respect to the annual cost of medical errors. With such a high ranking, it is no surprise that there are nearly 1.7 million HAIs annually. We know that the mortality rate associated with these infections is staggering and unnecessary. Compounding the burden of the issue are the financial costs that are linked with them.

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Topics: hand hygiene, healthcare-associated infections, HAIs, healthcare costs, patients

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