DebMed® to Showcase the World's First Electronic Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring System Using the WHO Five Moments at the UK's Largest Infection Prevention Conference

IPS attendees can view DebMed in stand #E1

Sep 28, 2012, 09:42 ET from DebMed(R)

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DebMed®, creator of the world's first electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system based on the World Health Organization's (WHO's) Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, will feature their group monitoring system at the upcoming Infection Prevention Society (IPS) 2012 Conference at the Arena and Convention Centre (AAC) in Liverpool, England, October 1-3.

IPS attendees can experience the robust reporting features of the DebMed® GMS™ (Group Monitoring System), designed to help improve patient safety. The DebMed GMS provides a more accurate, cost-effective and reliable way to measure healthcare workers' hand hygiene compliance than the currently used methods. Only electronic monitoring captures 100 percent of hand hygiene events, provides real-time data, and eliminates the Hawthorne Effect of individuals exhibiting their best behavior because they know they are being monitored. In addition, the DebMed GMS system provides real-time reports and includes an online toolkit with materials designed to help change behavior and improve hand hygiene compliance.

"Hand hygiene has been linked to patient safety issues at healthcare facilities around the world, and so IPS is an ideal venue for DebMed to demonstrate to UK healthcare leaders the significant need for electronic hand hygiene monitoring," said Heather McLarney, Vice President of Marketing, DebMed.  "Tools like the DebMed GMS are instrumental to making substantial progress towards improving patient safety through reducing infections."

The Infection Prevention Society promotes the advancement of education in infection prevention and control for the benefit of the community as a whole, in particular by the provision of training courses, accreditation schemes, education materials, meetings and conferences. The annual infection conference is the largest in the UK. 

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About DebMed®

DebMed is the healthcare program of the Deb Group. The DebMed program offers innovative hand hygiene products, electronic monitoring technology, and improvement 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 based on the World Health Organization's (WHO) "Five Moments for Hand Hygiene" and to date has recorded more than 16 million hand hygiene events.  The electronic monitoring system is being utilized in a four year, multi-site research project being conducted by the Columbia University School of Nursing and funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). It is the first study aimed at reducing healthcare-associated infections in pediatric long-term care facilities by improving staff compliance with hand hygiene guidelines. For more information on the study or DebMed, 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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