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DebMed, creator of an electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system based on the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, announces the availability of a new dispenser that provides access to hand sanitizer in the immediate area within the patient zone. The dispenser supplements the standard wall-mounted unit, providing point-of-care accessibility that will enable healthcare facilities to more readily comply with the WHO Five Moments of Hand Hygiene.
"DebMed is committed to innovation in healthcare hand hygiene solutions in order to help decrease the number of healthcare-associated infections. By expanding our portfolio, we aim to help healthcare facilities increase their hand hygiene compliance rates by making it as easy as possible for healthcare workers to sanitize before, during and after providing patient care," says Heather McLarney, vice president of marketing at DebMed.
As defined by the WHO, point-of-care is the place where three elements come together: the patient, the healthcare worker and care or treatment involving contact with the patient or their surrounding area. A key element of the DebMed point-of-care dispenser is that it has flexible mounting options, allowing the dispenser to easily attach to beds, carts and bedside tables. This provides the most efficient way to save staff valuable time without interrupting clinical workflow, and enables them to adhere to proper hand hygiene with WHO and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) hand hygiene standards.
Based on the WHO's guidelines for hand hygiene, the point-of-care dispensers will allow for hand hygiene before touching the patient, before aseptic procedures, after potential exposure to bodily fluids, after touching the patient and after touching the patients' surroundings. Another unique feature is that the point-of-care dispenser is lockable, protecting the sanitizer bottle from theft and being misplaced, ensuring staff access to sanitizer within the patient zone.