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Hand Hygiene: Your Entrance Door to Safer, More Effective Interdisciplinary Care Across the Continuum

Posted by DebMed on Apr 30, 2015 9:30:00 AM

May 5 is the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) annual Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Day. It’s a time for healthcare professionals to reflect on the impact of hand hygiene compliance on care quality and outcomes. This year’s theme as designated by the WHO is: Strengthening healthcare systems and delivery – hand hygiene is your entrance door.

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Topics: hand hygiene, WHO, World Health Organization, May 5th

WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Day! Your Five Action Items for May 5

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

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care, aimed at reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) worldwide. The SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands annual global campaign, a natural extension of the Clean Care is Safer Care program, highlights the importance of all healthcare workers cleaning their hands at the right time and in the right way. This year’s campaign theme is Strengthening healthcare systems and delivery – hand hygiene is your entrance door, which aims to galvanize action at the point of care to demonstrate that hand hygiene is the entrance door for reducing HAIs and patient safety.

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Topics: hand hygiene, 5 Moments, WHO, SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Day, May 5th

Reduce the Risk. Go All Hands In for Electronic Monitoring

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

This is the last of a five-part series that covered best practices for driving hand hygiene compliance. This blog zeroes in on the role of accurate monitoring and feedback to achieve optimal compliance.

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Topics: hand hygiene, WHO, electronic monitoring, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, HAI, monitoring and feedback, hawthorne effect

You cleaned your hands. But are they clean?

Posted by Heather McLarney on Feb 19, 2015 8:31:00 AM

This is the second in a five-part series that covers best practices for driving effective hand hygiene compliance. This blog focuses on the issues of coverage, wet time and efficacy, to assure hands are optimally cleaned.

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Topics: hand hygiene, WHO, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, HAIs

It’s Time for a Renewed Focus on Hand Hygiene Compliance

Posted by Heather McLarney on Feb 12, 2015 9:30:00 AM

This is the first of a five-part series that covers best practices for driving effective hand hygiene compliance. The series will discuss the impact product and behavior drivers have on compliance, including: key considerations of hand sanitizer (wet time, coverage and efficacy); the importance of product availability, location and ease of use; the critical role of educating staff on why, when and how to clean hands; and the role that monitoring and feedback plays in improving staff compliance.

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Topics: hand hygiene, 5 Moments, WHO, healthcare-associated infections, patient safety, World Health Organization, infection control, HAIs, hand hygiene compliance

Fist Bump or Handshake: Which is Safer?

Posted by DebMed on Jan 8, 2015 12:27:00 PM

Viewers of the game show Deal or No Deal probably remember host Howie Mandel's habit of bumping fists with contestants instead of shaking their hands. It was later revealed that Mandel preferred the fist bump because of an intense fear of germs, which was part of his obsessive-compulsive disorder. With hand hygiene compliance becoming such a critical issue in the healthcare arena, experts are considering whether Mandel was ahead of his time.

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Topics: CDC, hand hygiene, 5 Moments, infection prevention, WHO, patient safety, infection control, hand shake, fistbump

If Money Talks, Let It Be Heard

Posted by Heather McLarney on Dec 11, 2014 11:53:00 AM

If Money Talks, Then Let It Be Heard (to Increase Hand Hygiene Compliance)

There is overwhelming data and evidence that smoking kills. Yet people smoke. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, there were 21,667 passenger vehicle occupants who lost their lives in traffic crashes, and an estimated 2.09 million were injured. According to the CDC website, adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet people still do not wear their seatbelts.

It is easy to see that having data and knowing the facts does not always equate to the safest decision being made.

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Topics: hand hygiene, infection prevention, WHO, healthcare-associated infections, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, infection control, return on investment, hand hygiene compliance monitoring

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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