DebMed® Announces Participation in the World Health Organization's Private Organizations for Patient Safety

Collaboration Seeks to Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections through Improvements in Hand Hygiene

Jun 20, 2012, 15:18 ET from DebMed(R)

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DebMed®, creator of the world's first electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system based on the WHO's Five Moments, announced today its participation in Private Organizations for Patient Safety (POPS), a World  Health Organization (WHO) initiative designed to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) through improvements in hand hygiene for the benefit of the patient.

DebMed is one of 15 organizations that serve as members of the newly formed Private Organizations for Patient Safety (POPS).  Led by the WHO Patient Safety Programme, POPS is a collaborative platform designed to encourage collaboration of private sector advocates, such as DebMed®, to improve safety and reduce HAIs through activities that ensure appropriate hand hygiene.  POPS' strategic goal is to increase hand hygiene education and awareness, and improve access to resources such as soap, water and hand sanitizer throughout the world, especially in countries with limited resources.

"DebMed is proud to be one of the initial members of POPS and to supporting the initiative of promoting the importance of hand hygiene compliance in reducing healthcare-associated infections," said Paul Alper, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, DebMed. "DebMed is founded on the WHO Five Moments, which we believe reflects the highest clinical standard to be followed in medical settings.  Joining POPS reinforces our commitment to this important cause."

Monitoring just two moments – before and after patient care – is a common practice because facilities find it challenging to reliably monitor the other three moments – after environmental contact, after exposure to blood/body fluids, and before an aseptic task.  The DebMed GMS hand hygiene monitoring system overcomes this challenge and provides ongoing electronic monitoring of the Five Moments to optimize patient safety and reduce the risk of HAIs. 

About DebMed® 
DebMed is the health care program of the Deb Group. The DebMed program offers innovative hand hygiene products, dispensing systems and tools to support hand hygiene compliance. The DebMed GMS (Group Monitoring System) is the world's first group monitoring system to report hand hygiene compliance rates in real-time using the World Health Organization's (WHO) "Five Moments for Hand Hygiene." For more information, visit

About Deb Group 
Possessing international scale and strong local market presence, Deb Group provides innovative skin care programs for all types of workplace and public environments, spanning industrial, commercial, healthcare and food sectors. Headquartered in the United Kingdom with US operations based in Charlotte, NC, Deb Group is comprised of 21 companies operating in 16 countries. For more information, visit

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