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

s a critical element of our overall hand hygiene compliance program.  The DebMed GMS was the only system of its kind that we felt fully met our needs. It is working so well that it's difficult to imagine monitoring without it," said Thomas W. Diller, M.D., Vice-President of Quality and Patient Safety, Greenville Hospital System. 

The DebMed GMS monitors hand hygiene compliance at the hospital unit level and encourages collaboration among staff to improve compliance; this method is recognized by infection preventionists as being more effective than other monitoring systems that track individuals' actions and can be seen by staff as punitive or as an invasion of privacy. The DebMed GMS also goes beyond electronic monitoring to provide supporting tools such as staff meeting facilitation guides and visual reminders to help enable behavior change.

"We believe that increasing hand hygiene compliance is directly related to decreasing infections and therefore improving patient safety," said Dr. Diller.  "By providing staff with real-time feedback and tools, they are empowered to identify and remove obstacles to increasing hand hygiene compliance."

Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are responsible for 99,000 deaths per year and result in $35.7 to $45 billion annually in healthcare costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  A study conducted at Duke University Medical Center and published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology showed that minimal improvements in compliance lead to substantial savings, concluding that a one percent increase in hand hygiene compliance would result in annual savings of $39,650 to a 200-bed hospital. 

"The impressive early outcomes from Greenville Hospital System reinforces DebMed's belief that electronic monitoring is a better way to monitor hand hygiene compliance over direct observation, which is an antiquated method and produces unreliable
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