Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) in Gainesville, Georgia, US, will implement the DebMed GMS electronic hand hygiene monitoring system to eliminate hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and improve patient safety.
The 557-inpatient health system will implement use of the electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system, which is influenced by the World Health Organization’s Five Moments for Hand Hygiene initiative, to improve healthcare quality.
NGHS chief medical officer and medical affairs vice president Sam Johnson said the DebMed GMS’s ability to provide automated, evidenced-based feedback was a natural fit with the aim of creating a culture of increased patient safety.
"The implementation of the DebMed GMS is important to further support the hospital’s mission to improve hospital performance and patient outcomes and to foster a safe hospital environment," Johnson added.
The automated, precise DebMed GMS enables group monitoring instead of individual monitoring, thereby allowing higher compliance.
DebMed GMS also offers supporting tools, such as staff meeting facilitation guides and visual reminders, enabling positive behaviour changes and creating safer patient environments.
Deb Worldwide Healthcare vice president strategy and business development Paul Alper said: "Early adopters of patient safety technology, such as the Northeast Georgia Health System, are leading the change and setting the standard for other healthcare institutions to provide the highest level of patient safety."