CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DebMed®, the creator of the world's first and only electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system based on the World Health Organization's (WHO) "Five Moments for Hand Hygiene" is exhibiting at the American Organization of Nursing Executives (AONE) annual meeting in Denver, March 20-23 (booth # 1527). With patient safety at the forefront of concerns for nurses and chief nursing officers, DebMed is providing a solution to help decrease healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and enable healthcare facilities to achieve breakthrough levels of quality while reducing costs. Hospitals using the DebMed GMS and its supporting improvement tools have experienced increases in hand hygiene compliance, ultimately helping to decrease infections and therefore improving patient safety. The DebMed GMS uses an evidence-based, statistically valid algorithm to provide feedback on compliance rates in real-time based on the WHO's "Five Moments for Hand Hygiene", making it the only hand hygiene system to meet the WHO's "Save Lives: Clean Your Hands" recommendation. HAIs affect hundreds of millions of patients worldwide every year, leading to more serious illness, prolonged hospital stays, higher costs to patients and their families, additional financial burden on the health-care system and, critically, often the tragic loss of life. At any time more than 1.4 million patients worldwide are suffering from hospital acquired infections. In the U.S. alone, HAIs are responsible for an estimated two million infections and almost 100,000 deaths (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011) each year. "We know that nurses are on the front-lines of patient care and feel that we have created a system that they will embrace that transforms direct observation to a real-time, research-based technology that is more accurate, reliable and helps improve patient safety in healthcare settings worldwide," said Heather McLarney, vice president of marketing for DebMed. "Moving to electronic hand hygiene monitoring is imperative in this day and age, and should be a priority for chief nursing officers whose ultimate goal is to keep patients safe." Because electronic monitoring systems are impartial, unbiased and the only way to capture and report on 100 percent of hand hygiene events, not just the fraction of 1 percent recorded by human observation, they eliminate the human factor and, with it, the Hawthorne Effect. This phenomenon happens when people know they are being watched or observed -- they tend to be on their best behavior. Research has shown that this will lead to overstated and unreliable compliance data.