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DebMed Announces US Patent
Date:5/16/2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DebMed®, creator of the world's first electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system based on the World Health Organization's (WHO's) Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, today announced the issuance of US Patent # 8,427,323 by the US Patent & Trademark Office for the technology integrated within the DebMed® GMS™ (Group Monitoring System). 

The DebMed GMS measures the hand hygiene compliance of physicians, nurses, therapists or other healthcare workers who come into contact with patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities. International patents are pending. The DebMed GMS is the world's first and only electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system that meets the WHO's "Save Lives: Clean Your Hands" recommendation.

"We see the granting of this patent as a significant milestone not just for DebMed, but for the entire healthcare quality and patient safety community," said Paul Alper , the lead inventor of the DebMed GMS technology and Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, DebMed. "DebMed will continue to focus on the creation of innovation solutions that further empower healthcare professionals to improve their hand hygiene behavior, enhancing patient safety and reducing the 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections that currently occur every year in the US." 

The patent, applied for in June 2010 and granted on April 13, 2013, covers several core technologies that provide a reliable system for collecting dispenser usage data (how many times healthcare workers within a specific unit actu
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