Deb Group Raps About the Importance of Hand Hygiene in New Music Video


Paul Alper, vice president of strategy and development at Deb Worldwide Healthcare (a Deb Group company) takes the songwriter credit for "The WHO 5," a fun and instructive music video outlining the importance of hospitals following the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Five Moments for Hand Hygiene.

Designed to be used as an innovative, contemporary and dynamic training tool to educate hospital staff and other healthcare workers about the WHO five essential hand hygiene "moments" or opportunities, the rap highlights Deb Group's commitment to help prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) through better and more consistent hand hygiene.

"As someone who works in a hospital and is concerned about hand hygiene on a daily basis, I'm excited about integrating this video into our staff trainings. The rap has been very popular so far in fact, you could say it's topping the Greenville Hospital charts," says Tom Diller, MD, vice president of quality and patient safety at Greenville Hospital System (GHS).

The Five Moments (when hands should be washed or sanitized) for Hand Hygiene, rapped about in Deb Group's "The WHO 5" music video are:

- Before patient contact

- Before an aseptic task

- After body fluid exposure risk

- After patient contact

- After contact with patient surroundings

The dancers in the video demonstrate proper technique for each of the five moments and were trained during rehearsals on how to perform them by real life infection preventionist Sue Boeker from the Greenville Hospital System of Greenville, S.C.

Further demonstrating a commitment to front line infection preventionists and quality professionals, Deb Group also launched the DebMed®GMS (Group Monitoring System) in March 2011 - the world's first group monitoring system to report hand hygiene compliance rates in real-time based on the World Health Organization Guidelines. The stand-alone system can be installed in any hospital, provides 24/7 access to compliance rates; comes with a multi-modal improvement tool kit and requires no capital investment. An annual subscription fee covers all costs including installation as well as maintenance and repairs.

"One of Deb Group's top priorities is to provide unique solutions that help reduce HAI's," said Alper. "Our new rap, in combination with the DebMed®GMS, can be used as part of a hospital's tool kit to promote and improve hand hygiene among staff. We like to think of it as using music, dance and science to help fight HAIs."

To view "The WHO 5" music video, please visit Deb Group's YouTube video at

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