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DebMed Supports World Health Organization's Global "Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Day" on May 5
Date:4/30/2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for healthcare staff and managers to focus on the importance of improving hand hygiene in hospitals on "Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Day," May 5, 2013. For this annual event, the WHO enlists the support of leading global suppliers of infection prevention solutions for hospitals to participate in spreading the hand hygiene message. Deb Group, the creator of the DebMed® Group Monitoring System™, an electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system, and member of the WHO Private Organization for Patient Safety (POPS), is among the supporters for this global campaign.

"This one-day event calls to attention something that is imperative 365 days a year – something we ardently pursue to help save lives – compliant hand hygiene in clinics and hospitals, which is as simple as effectively cleaning hands at the designated moments," said Heather McLarney, Vice President of Marketing, DebMed. "We want to empower both healthcare workers and patients and their families with the knowledge that can ultimately help them avoid healthcare-associated infections. The first step is to adopt the 'Clean Your Hands Day Pledge' which highlights the 'WHO Five Moments of Hand Hygiene.'"

Evaluation and repeated monitoring of practices, knowledge and perceptions are vital components of any successful hand hygiene campaign. The WHO is actively encouraging hospitals to learn more about innovative electronic systems for the automatic monitoring of hand hygiene compliance. According to the WHO, "These new technologies present numerous advantages and may become the future approach to hand hygiene compliance monitoring when available resources permit, and provided that they can reflect the Five Moments for Hand Hygiene." The DebMed GMS is the only
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