Recent scientific, clinical and economic rationale for improving hand hygiene have been studied, showing evidence that the typical way hand hygiene is monitored (direct observation) as well as the "two moments" practice of cleaning hands only at the entry and exit of a patient's room should no longer be the standard. During the upcoming International Infection Prevention Conference in London, the presentation, "Electronic Monitoring of Hand Hygiene for the WHO Five Moments Method," will describe the essential elements of a multi-modal improvement model for hand hygiene compliance to demonstrate how electronic monitoring systems can work and provide a better way to give performance feedback and drive improvement.
Most importantly, the presentation will offer facts showing how the DebMed electronic group monitoring system automatically measures the WHO Five Moments for Hand Hygiene accurately and reliably, and provides hospitals with timely and actionable hand hygiene compliance data. Infection prevention, patient safety and healthcare quality professionals, and senior hospital leaders interested in improving overall quality and patient safety by reducing preventable infections should attend.
"We have seen marked and consistent increases in healthcare-associated infections on an international level, and the Infection Prevention Society conference is an ideal arena for us to present our most recent findings in the fight for proper hand hygiene and against deadly infections," says Paul Alper, vice president strategy and business development for Deb Worldwide Healthcare, Inc., who will deliver the presentation on MOnday, Sept. 30. "I look forward to sharing with attendees our findings on the importance of monitoring based on the World Health Organization's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, rather than oft-used two moments of exit and entry, to decrease risk of contamination."
Alper has more than 25 years of experience as a researcher, innovator, strategist and business leader in hand hygiene and has co-authored research on hand hygiene and compliance, including several works with researchers from Columbia University.
The Infection Prevention Society promotes the advancement of education in infection prevention and control for the benefit of the community as a whole, in particular by the provision of training courses, accreditation schemes, education materials, meetings and conferences. The annual infection conference is the largest in the UK.