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DEB is Supporting the WHO ‘SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands’ Healthcare Campaign

Deb is proud to be supporting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) ‘SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands’ campaign day on the 5th May 2017. This is a campaign that aims to highlight the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare, by ‘bringing people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally in order to significantly reduce the threat of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs).

The WHO is encouraging healthcare facilities to register for the campaign and receive a wide range of resources, including educational posters and videos, webinars, monitoring and feedback tools and self-assessment frameworks. Supporting healthcare establishments will then be able to hold events around their premises on the 5th May in order to reinforce the message on the importance of hand hygiene. This year, the campaign is targeting Health Workers, Hospital Executives, Policy-makers and Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Leaders, and is focussed on fighting antibiotic resistance in healthcare environments. The issue can be combatted by effectively cleaning the hands at critical times. Almost 20,000 health facilities across nearly 180 countries worldwide (as of May 2016) have joined the campaign.

In the UK today, the threat of healthcare associated infections is alarming, with approximately 300,000 patients contracting an illness whilst being treated in healthcare premises. That accounts for an approximate cost of £1 billion to an already financially strained NHS, whilst it has also been revealed that patients are remaining in hospital an extra 3.6 million days a year in the UK due to these infections; meaning healthcare professionals have less time to focus on new admittances.

In the build up to the 5th May, Deb will be promoting the Deb 3-step hand hygiene protocol that should be followed by healthcare staff: cleanse, sanitise and restore. This revolves around staff members frequently using hand hygiene products at regular intervals dictated by the WHO ‘Five Moments of Hand Hygiene’. This field-tested, user-centred approach defines the key times when healthcare workers should perform hand hygiene.
Ahead of the 5th of May, Deb is also recommending that healthcare environments implement DebMed® GMS™ (Group Monitoring System) in its facilities – a wireless technology which can effectively measure hand hygiene behaviour to help improve compliance, reduce the number of infections in hospitals, decrease costs and increase patient safety. This intelligent monitoring system is considerably more reliable than direct monitoring, as it can capture 100% of hand hygiene events.

To find out more about Deb Group and the WHO ‘SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands’ visit www.debgroup.com

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