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An Evidence-Based Approach to Measuring Hand Hygiene Compliance

The DebMed Electronic Hand Hygiene Compliance System is the only research-based, badge-free system able to track compliance based on the Public Health Ontario '4-Moments', WHO ‘5-Moments’ and CDC hand hygiene standards.

This cost-effective solution captures 100% of hand hygiene events and opportunities 24/7/365 – beyond just room entry and exit. It uses the preferred method of measuring compliance performance of an entire unit, promoting a spirit of collaboration and accountability, and provides actionable feedback for the group without singling out individuals.

The statistics around healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are widely known, yet challenging to address. Hand hygiene compliance plays a key role in healthcare infection control and the prevention of HAIs, and how facilities measure that makes a significant difference in clinical outcomes.

Pitfalls of Direct Observation

It’s no secret when it comes to tracking hand hygiene compliance that direct observation captures primarily room entry and exit or “in and out” events, which have been shown in studies to represent less than 49% of all hand hygiene opportunities.1

Multiple studies have shown direct observation reveals a minor snapshot of compliance, capturing only 1.2% – 3.5%1 of all events, and it can overstate actual compliance by up to 300%.2


The DebMed System Difference: 

The DebMed System captures all hand hygiene events - beyond just room entry and exit - and provides accurate compliance data based on the 4 Moments for Hand Hygiene, for actionable results you can rely on to drive lasting behaviour change. 


It’s time to create a safer environment for patients, their families, staff and visitors. DebMed is here to partner with you to change how you approach hand hygiene.

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1. Steed C, Kelly JW, Blackhurst DW, Boeker S, Diller T, Alper P. Hospital hand hygiene opportunities: where and when (HOW2)? The HOW2 benchmark study. Am J Infect Control 2011;39:19-26.
2. Srigley, J.A. et. al. (2014, July 7). Quantification of the Hawthorne effect in hand hygiene compliance monitoring using an electronic monitoring system: A retrospective cohort study. BMJ Quality and Safety, 1-7.

Contact us today to discuss Electronic Hand Hygiene Compliance Solutions for your healthcare organization.