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Hand Hygiene Education: Why, When and How

Posted by DebMed on Jun 15, 2017 11:00:00 AM

This is the fourth of a five-part series that covers best practices driving effective hand hygiene compliance. This blog discusses the importance of hand hygiene education.

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Topics: CDC, 5 Moments, WHO, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, Canadian 4 Moments

When It Comes to Hand Hygiene, Quantity Does Equal Quality

Posted by DebMed on Jun 11, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Teaching and Monitoring Compliance against the World Health Organization and CDC Standards Reflect Best Practice

Few, if any, would argue the fact that frequent hand cleaning by healthcare staff is essential in preventing the spread of infection and keeping patients and staff safe. However, when it comes to agreeing on the opportunities for hand hygiene, there can still be differences of opinion. And when that difference of opinion is put into practice, healthcare professionals are potentially putting patients at risk.

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Topics: hand hygiene, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, Canadian 4 Moments, IPAC

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

Hand Hygiene Education: Why, When and How

Posted by Heather McLarney on Mar 6, 2015 9:13:00 AM

This is the fourth in a five-part series of blogs documenting best practices for driving effective hand hygiene compliance. This blog discusses the importance of hand hygiene education. Healthcare professionals who practice hand hygiene compliance are leaders in the fight against dangerous and sometimes deadly healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). This blog covers the why, when and how of hand hygiene education, training and coaching. It addresses several of the variables that compromise full hand hygiene compliance.

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

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

A Comparison of Hand Hygiene Standards

Posted by Heather McLarney on Jan 15, 2015 2:52:00 PM

All healthcare organizations are aware of the necessity for proper hand hygiene. Some adhere to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, while others follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). How do the two standards compare?Slide1

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Topics: CDC, hand hygiene, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, World Health Organization, infection control

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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