Texas Institute for Surgery First to Combat Infections with Hand Hygiene Monitoring Technology

Texas Institute for Surgery (TIS) at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas is the first healthcare organization in Texas and the first surgical facility in the U.S. to implement a new electronic hand hygiene monitoring technology aimed at reducing healthcare-acquired infections using the DebMed GMS (Group Monitoring System).

Healthcare-acquired infections are responsible for 99,000 deaths per year and result in $35.7 to $45 billion annually in healthcare costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Staff will be working closely with DebMed to establish benchmark data that can then be used by any surgical center to aid in calculating their specific staff compliance rates by having a better understanding of the total amount of hand hygiene opportunities, versus the number of times the system was used,” said Allison Liddell, M.D., Chief of the Department of Infection Diseases at Texas Health Resources Presbyterian Dallas.

Currently, the majority of U.S. healthcare facilities only monitor two moments of hand hygiene in the care process—upon entering the patient room and when leaving. The DebMed GMS electronically monitors five moments of hand hygiene:

  • Before patient contact
  • Before antiseptic task
  • After body fluid exposure
  • After patient contact
  • After contact with patient’s surroundings