By SC Johnson Professional

In partnership with The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit that evaluates healthcare quality, Newsweek named SC Johnson Professional’s DebMed Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring System one of the best infection prevention products of 2020[1].

What is it?

The DebMed Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring System is used in healthcare settings. It is the only clinical, research-based and badge-free system that captures all hand hygiene events. Actionable, easy-to-read automated reports provide insights into areas for improvement and enable healthcare teams to lead daily hand hygiene discussions in seconds.


How does it work?

The data is compiled through a three-step process, which starts with a monitored dispenser. As the soap or sanitizer (of any brand) is dispensed, the monitor captures the hand hygiene events and transmits the data via stand-alone network to a dedicated DebMed server.

The data is compiled to determine a healthcare facility’s compliance rate. The compliance rate is found by comparing the number of hand hygiene opportunities that should have occurred based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 5-moments, which includes: before touching a patient, before clean or aseptic procedures, after body fluid exposure or risk, after touching a patient, and after touching patient surroundings. This formula has been adapted to calculate compliance based on the Canadian 4-Moments for Hand Hygiene.

Data is available online via a user-friendly dashboard, and daily emails can be sent that include easy-to-read and actionable reports.

Why is it special?

This hand hygiene monitoring system is proven to deliver an accurate compliance rate based on the WHO’s 5-Moments, Canadian 4-Moments for Hand Hygiene, and guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The system is easy to implement and doesn’t require the use of costly equipment and is compatible with all brands of sanitizer and soap dispensers. The DebMed System allows healthcare facilities to monitor hand hygiene during direct patient care via monitoring-enabled point-of-care dispensers. This is accomplished without data security concerns or integration with the hospital’s IT system.

How can you use this data?

  1. Strategies for compliance improvement can be driven by continuously comparing detailed group performance data to generate collaboration among the healthcare team and support the development of a just culture.
  2. Inform and measure the success of interventions with real-time compliance scores according to the WHO My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene guidelines.
  3. Analyze soap vs. sanitizer usage at the room level, supporting isolation protocol compliance.
  4. Ensure that hand hygiene is occurring as expected during prolonged facility-level outbreaks. For example, since the arrival of SARS-CoV-2, there has been a steady increase in hand hygiene compliance rates in many hospital units utilizing the DebMed Hand Hygiene Monitoring System.
  5. Report on hand hygiene progress to facility leadership teams
  6. And more!

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