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DebMed to Display Client's Increased Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates and World's First Monitored Point-of-Care Dispenser at APIC
Date:6/3/2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- APIC Booth #1924 – 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, recently completed a study in conjunction with Columbia University School of Nursing and Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass. The study concluded that the implementation of the DebMed Group Monitoring System (GMS) at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, a 140-bed non-profit acute care community hospital, significantly increased its hand hygiene compliance rates in all inpatient units and the emergency department combined. DebMed will demonstrate its group monitoring system at the upcoming Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) 2013 Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. June 8-10.

"The impressive outcomes from Cooley Dickinson Hospital reinforce DebMed's assertion that electronic monitoring is the best way to monitor hand hygiene compliance, and significantly better than direct observation, which is an antiquated method that produces unreliable data," said Heather McLarney , Vice President, DebMed. "We are confident that the DebMed GMS will be the impetus for hospitals to lead the change and implement real-time electronic hand hygiene monitoring, and in doing so, improve patient safety."

Cooley Dickinson Hospital has been using the DebMed GMS system-wide for over a year, and in conjunction has mandated adherence to the WHO Five Moments for Hand Hygiene guidelines.  Moving from a hand hygiene guideline where staff cleans hands only before and after patient care—which merely accounts for half of all hand hygiene opportunities--to the WHO Five Moments has further helped Cooley Dickinson increase pat
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