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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

DebMed Champions Expert Panel Hand Hygiene Guidance

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. 

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Improving hand hygiene compliance, Prevention and Control of Infections, Patient Safety, Hand Washing Efficacy, Antimicrobial resistance, Hand hygiene monitoring, WHO, Anti-biotic resistant organisms, Hand Hygiene Efficacy, Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, DebMed, Healthcare-Associated Infections, CDC, Hand Washing Behavior, Hand washing compliance, Healthcare Hand Hygiene

Hospitals Not Adopting All Hand Hygiene Best Practices

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.

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring, Hand hygiene monitoring, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, DebMed, WHO 5 Moments

Handwashing and HAIs: What's Holding Us Back?

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.

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Hawthorne Effect, Didier Pittet, MRSA, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, DebMed, WHO 5 Moments, CDC, Hand washing compliance

Multifaceted Solutions to Hand Hygiene Compliance

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.

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Topics: International Infection Prevention Week 2013, #IIPW, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, DebMed, WHO 5 Moments, Cross Contamination

Anchor Hand Hygiene Compliance in Assessment

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. 

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Topics: Hand hygiene monitoring, International Infection Prevention Week 2013, #IIPW, Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, DebMed

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

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

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Topics: International Infection Prevention Week 2013, #IIPW, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, DebMed, WHO 5 Moments

Engaging Patients and Families to Create Hand Hygiene Champions

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:

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Topics: Patient Safety, International Infection Prevention Week 2013, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, DebMed, WHO 5 Moments, Healthcare-Associated Infections

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

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:

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Topics: Improving hand hygiene compliance, International Infection Prevention Week 2013, #IIPW, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, DebMed, WHO 5 Moments

Saving Lives with Proper Hand Hygiene this National Health IT Week

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.

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Paul Alper, Hand hygiene monitoring, Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, DebMed

First, Wash Your Hands

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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Topics: Improving hand hygiene compliance, Just Clean Your Hands, Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring, Paul Alper, Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, DebMed

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