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DebMed Champions Expert Panel Hand Hygiene Guidance

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The updated expert hand hygiene guidance that appeared in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Infection Control couldn’t have arrived at better time. Those of us who manage and advise healthcare facilities on infection prevention and control live and work in challenging times. Just consider the news. 

Hospitals Not Adopting All Hand Hygiene Best Practices

Hand Hygiene Best Practice in Healthcare

More than 400 healthcare professionals from across the United States participated in a recent survey that looked at the methods used to gather hand hygiene data, the reliability of that data and the commitment of healthcare facilities to improving hand hygiene. The survey reinforced the sentiment that healthcare professionals are committed to reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), but also uncovered that they are not employing the methods that they believe reflect best practices.

Handwashing and HAIs: What's Holding Us Back?

Improving Hand Hygiene in Healthcare

A nurse who survived a severe hospital acquired infection and the physician who created healthcare's well-known "My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene" program discuss the stubborn nature of handwashing compliance and tips for hospitals to improve it.

Multifaceted Solutions to Hand Hygiene Compliance

Healthcare Hand Hygiene

Healthcare organizations often ask why DebMed is so vigorous in promoting the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Five Moments for Hand Hygiene compliance where healthcare workers are asked to clean their hands at five key moments in the patient care process.

Anchor Hand Hygiene Compliance in Assessment

Healthcare Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene involves more than hand cleaning.  Hand hygiene is a comprehensive, enterprise-wide process that embraces assessment, implementation, training and education, monitoring and ongoing communication and promotion among healthcare workers, patients, family members and hospital visitors. 

Beyond the WHO Five Moments: The Organization’s Role in Hand Hygiene Compliance

Healthcare Hand Hygiene

DebMed supports implementation of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Five Moments for Hand Hygiene.  Healthcare workers must clean their hands:

Engaging Patients and Families to Create Hand Hygiene Champions

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Patients, family members and visitors play an important role in preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and ensuring patient safety. Healthcare organizations should share hand hygiene information and advice via ongoing communications.  Among the recommendations for healthcare providers:

WHO’s “Five Moments” Tackle the Realities of HAIs

International Infection Prevention Week

The World Health Organization (WHO) is in the fifth year of its "Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Campaign," a global initiative to help clinicians improve hand hygiene and reduce the number of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). To add value to any hand hygiene improvement strategy, the WHO defines the key moments for hand hygiene, The WHO Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, and advises healthcare workers to clean their hands:

Saving Lives with Proper Hand Hygiene this National Health IT Week

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As the healthcare industry recognized National Health IT Week September 16-20, there was talk about integration, interoperability, sharing of patient data and health information exchanges. But let’s not forget a topic that has been proven to save lives for more than 100 years – hand cleaning.

First, Wash Your Hands

Hand Hygiene Electronic Monitoring

GIVING birth was a dangerous endeavour in the 1800s; many women died soon after doing so. Ignaz Semmelweis, an obstetrician working at the time at Vienna General Hospital, observed that by washing his hands with bleach before he touched his patients he could reduce their mortality rate by 90%. This was before Louis Pasteur established the germ theory of disease, and Semmelweis could not explain the correlation.

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