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Greenville Hospital System Achieves Dramatic Improvement in Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates Using New Technology from DebMed®
Date:5/29/2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 29, 2012 /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, announced today that Greenville Hospital System, Greenville, SC, has increased hand hygiene compliance by five to 12 percent -- in less than one month -- using the DebMed GMS™ electronic monitoring system and supporting improvement tools.

"We believe the DebMed GMS is a major breakthrough in improving hand hygiene compliance because it not only provides real-time data based on the World Health Organization's (WHO's) Five Moments for Hand Hygiene standard, but also includes tools to help facilitate behavior change at the unit level," said Connie Steed, MSN, RN, CIC, Director of Infection Prevention, Greenville Hospital System.  "We've very quickly experienced a statistically-significant increase in our hand hygiene compliance rates, which is remarkable for any technology."

Greenville Hospital System is utilizing the DebMed GMS (Group Monitoring System) for automated real-time monitoring and reporting of hand hygiene compliance by 3,500 soap and hand sanitizer dispensers across five hospital sites, a scale never seen before.  The system has captured and reported on eight million hand hygiene events so far.

Prior to implementing the DebMed GMS, Greenville was monitoring hand hygiene compliance solely through manually observing hand hygiene compliance behavior known as direct observation. Though still a widely used method across healthcare, Greenville staff acknowledge that direct observation, because of its human-based nature, can be unreliable, less timely than electronic systems, and it typically captures less than one percent of hand hygiene opportunities.  By utilizing electronic monitoring via the DebMed GMS, Greenville is now able to monitor 100 percent of opportunities.

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